A Connecticut Democrat made a lewd comment to a high school senior at a recent legislative hearing. She was 17 years old.

The teen girl visited the Connecticut state Capitol to deliver a speech to a committee. She explained that working at the science center had helped her overcome her shyness and fear of snakes.

Connecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D-epraved) replied, “If you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here.” Audio available at Political Wire.

His punishment?

He can’t be deputy speaker anymore and he had to apologize. Poor dear.

On Thursday, Rep. Hewett said, “In hindsight, I can really see how this can be misconstrued as something sexual.” Um, unless he did indeed have a python curled up under his desk, how else could it be construed?

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