A Connecticut state legislative committee was meeting the other day, and a teenaged girl was testifying about a program at the Connecticut Science Center that helped her get over her shyness. She said, “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.” One of the committee members, State Representative Ernest Hewett, a Democrat, actually said to the young girl, “If you’re bashful, I got a snake under my desk here.”

For some reason, people believed that this may have been a misguided comment reeking of pedophilia overtones. They demanded that Hewett, 56 years old, resign from his elected office. Hewett is having none of that, however. He claims he has never had a problem with women of any kind. As proof, he offered the following evidence: “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 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.”

You’d have to be pretty narrow-minded to object to this stance. Hewett has come to realize that women laze around the office all day eating bonbons. Besides that, they presumably, as interns, have urges that draw them to him sexually. Therefore, he prefers not to associate with them on a professional basis. It is understandable why he would believe that women 35 years younger than him would find him enchanting; I assume he has spent his entire life as a chick magnet.

This guy is lucky that he’s a Democrat. Imagine the uproar if he were a member of the GOP.