HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Five-term New London Rep. Ernest Hewett is losing his leadership title for a comment he made to a 17-year-old girl during a budget hearing.
The Connecticut Post reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/15UyHdf ) that House Speaker Brendan Sharkey this week stripped Hewett of his deputy speaker title after hearing an audiotape of the comment, perceived as sexually harassing.
Hewett, a Democrat, will lose $6,446 in additional leadership pay.
The Post reported that Hewett had an exchange with the intern from the Connecticut Science Center, who said working at the center helped her overcome a fear of snakes. Hewitt allegedly made reference to a “snake” he had at his desk.
Hewett told the Post he wanted to apologize to his colleagues for the statement and understood how it could be misconstrued as sexual.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com