[Guest post by JD]
Connecticut state Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) made an inappropriate remark to a 17 year old girl testifying about a program that helped her overcome her shyness and get over her fear of snakes, the New London Day reports.
Said the girl: “I am usually a very shy person, and now I am more outgoing. I was able to teach those children about certain things like snakes that we have and the turtles that we have… I want to do something toward that, working with children when I get older.”
According to an audiotape of the hearing, Hewett replied: “If you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here.”
And then followed it up with this …
Said Hewett: “I purposely will not have female interns. My intern now is a male. I want to keep it like that. I’ve had female interns in the past that sit in my office all day. I thought it was totally weird and I didn’t want another. As a matter of fact, I went four, maybe six years without having an intern at all because of stuff like that. I have a male intern, the last two I’ve had were male.”
He added: “I don’t get to choose. That’s why I was so leery about staying away from interns. I don’t know what they’re going to give me. They may give me a female, but I don’t want a female intern. That may sound sexist but I really don’t. That way that keeps me good and that keeps everybody else good.”
War on women.
Can you imagine the outcry … Never mind.
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Here’s the audio. I hate to say this, but . . . he may have been talking about an actual snake, in a very very clueless manner.
After all, she was talking about her participation at a science center, and she specifically mentioned that she shows snakes to children.
It’s still pretty odd, and I wouldn’t want this guy addressing my daughter, but . . . maybe it was innocently intended. Maybe.