New Britain Chamber suspends former mayor for sexist vulgarity post

February 6, 2019

You can’t choose your parents.

A sexist vulgarity by the former mayor of New Britain is haunting the current Mayor Erin Stewart, who happens to be his daughter.

But it’s threatening the career of her father, Timothy Stewart, who tweeted the description “Bitches in heat!” under a photo of a dozen white-clad members of Congress in attendance at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

The post resulted in Erin Stewart tweeting that she is “embarrassed and mortified,” by her father’s post.

Gennaro Bizzarro, chairman of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, said he immediately placed Timothy Stewart on administrative leave from his post as president of the 400-member organization.

“His choice of words was inexcusable and has no place in modern civil discourse,” Bizzaro said in a statement. “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.”

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