New Britain’s common council sent a petition to the current Mayor Erin Stewart to freeze all funding to the Chamber of Commerce until they terminate Tim Stewart.
Mayor stewart says the city of New Britain does not fund the Chamber of Commerce and that the two entities are separate.
Original: Tim Stewart, the president of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce and the city’s former mayor, has been placed on administrative leave after making a Facebook post during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.
In the post, Stewart used language described as “misogynistic” regarding a group of congresswomen and senators who wore white in a tribute to women’s suffrage.
On Wednesday, Gennaro Bizzarro, the chairman of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, announced the Stewart had been placed on administrative leave while condemning the language used in the post.
“I could not be more disappointed in the social media post made last night by Tim Stewart. His choice of words was inexcusable and has no place in modern civil discourse. Tim’s words obviously do not reflect the feelings held by the members of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, our staff or myself. As Chairman, I have a duty to confer with my fellow Board members as well as to review our bylaws to ascertain what disciplinary authority we possess and the process by which it can be employed. We are doing that immediately. I will be calling a special meeting of the Chamber board where we will make a decision about Tim’s future with the Chamber. In the meantime, I have placed Tim on administrative leave pending the Board’s action.”
“…This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. This is about basic decency. No one should speak about any woman that way, ever.”
Stewart’s daughter and current New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart took to Twitter to say she was “embarrassed” and “mortified.”
To all of those asking; I’m embarrassed and mortified.— Mayor Erin Stewart (@erinstewartct) February 6, 2019
On Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) said he admired Erin Stewart’s courage.
Too often politics seems like a fetid pool in which principle, clarity, authenticity and ethics are negotiable in favor of tribalism and circling the wagons. I don’t know @erinstewartct and suspect we disagree on much. But I admire her clarity and courage. https://t.co/pxp77EPUFR— Jim Himes (@jahimes) February 6, 2019
Kevin Coughlin, Director of Communications for CT Senate Democrats also released a statement, which said, in part:
“…It is disappointing considering a man who once represented a city that is at least half women…”
Late Wednesday afternoon, city officials announced that Tim Stewart had resigned from the New Britain School Building Committee and the Mattabassett District Commission.
Tim Stewart has since issued an apology for the comment, which read, in part:
“My comment was wrong and in poor taste… I am deeply sorry to not only the women in my life, but to all women for the remark.”
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