When we first heard about Connecticut politician Ernest Hewitt’s recent controversial remark to a 17 year-old high school student, we wanted to offer a rare show of fairness and objectivity. The student was speaking at an appropriations committee meeting about how her work at the Connecticut Science Center helped her overcome her fear of snakes when the congressman commented, “If you’re bashful, I got a snake sitting under my desk here.”
Because he totally may not have meant it that way, you know? He could have said the same thing with any animal that didn’t represent his penis. You know, the way Woody would always say he had a snake in his boot? Same sort of thing. Right? Right?
Well, maybe not. Even assuming the
impossible best — that Hewitt is just an idiot, not a pervert who gets his kicks humiliating 17 year-old girls in front of a room full of adult lawmakers — it turns out he still doesn’t think very much of America’s young women, as evidenced by his definitely-not-legal hiring practices:
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.
…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.
No word on how Hewett controls himself when he’s serving as a member of the House Committee on Children.
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