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#1 Sep 22, 2011
I am writing because I had a disturbing encounter with Rep. Ernest Hewett of the 39th Assembly, New London. I am a citizen of New London and I was at the high school football game the evening of 9/16/11. I was helping to raise money for the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There was a table set up near the concession stand plus I and another volunteer were making our way through the crowd with a clear plastic jug with the paper balloon donation tags with the charity logo taped to the jug. Upon seeing Mr Hewett at the beginning of the fence I said cheerfully “Mr. Hewett how about a donation to the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?” Mr. Hewett incredulously said while putting his hands on my shoulders “What? Now let me show you how to do this. You need to speak clearly”“Now let’s do this again.” So I laughed and asked my co-volunteer if I said something wrong and then repeated myself clearly and succinctly to Mr. Hewett . The whole time he was gesturing and laughing at me and looking around posturing. He continued to laugh and turn his head and say “ha ha well that’s better.. for all I know you could be collecting for the KKK”. I said “excuse me? Why are you saying that because I am white?” And he continued to chuckle and say “well ha ha I didn’t say that but…”. A police officer standing next to him then gave me money for the jar to which I thanked him. I then said to Mr Hewett “I am collecting for Pamela Lancaster Pettinari is that good enough for you?” Mr Hewett knew Pamela and knows her family very well. At that point I was upset and left. Is this how an elected state official treats people in his district? I feel Mr Hewett’s behavior was arrogant, inappropriate and crude. At the very least, Mr Hewett owes me an apology and I would expect him to show up to the Light the Night Walk at Ocean Beach in New London on Oct. 5th at 5:30 with a donation. For more information go to www.lightthenight.org
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