March 1, 2013
LABRIOLA CALLS ON HEWETT TO RESIGN
HARTFORD—Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. made the following statement today calling on State Representative Ernest Hewett to resign following an offensive comment made to a 17 year-old at the State Capitol.
“Representative Hewett’s offensive remark was a disgrace and an embarrassment. The fact that it was made to a 17 year-old intern visiting the State Capitol to attend a public hearing sends an absolutely atrocious message.
"In terms of the Speaker’s official action on this matter -- while Rep. Hewett may now be the only Democratic lawmaker at the Capitol without a leadership title, stripping him of that perk is less than a slap on the wrist.
"The legislature has at its disposal a number of ways to sanction Representative Hewett, ranging from an official censure to calling on him to resign. I urge Rep. Hewett to save the legislature some valuable time and make the decision to step down himself.
"This incident further damages the reputation and credibility of the Democratic legislative leadership -- not only the remark, but also the 'punishment.' The people of Connecticut are still angry about the Chris Donovan 'pay to play' corruption case and this latest disturbing incident only compounds the pattern of corruption and misconduct of the Democrats in Hartford.”