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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 10:58 PM

Anchorage lawmaker apologizes after sexist remarks on House floor

JUNEAU — A member of the Alaska House of Representatives is facing criticism and is apologizing after delivering a speech on the House floor this week that included sexist remarks about the appearance of a female colleague.

Rep. Zack Fields, an Anchorage Democrat, spoke Wednesday to wish happy birthday to Rep. Sara Rasmussen, an Anchorage Republican. Lawmakers often give speeches celebrating birthdays of their colleagues, and they frequently include jokes in their remarks.

After praising Rasmussen, Fields said he had “recently become aware of a problem caused by the representative in her home district — a problem related to the risk of automobile collisions in her neighborhood.”

Fields then quoted from what he later said was a Facebook post by one of Rasmussen’s constituents: “Sara can wear a short skirt and stop traffic in Anchorage once the spring clothes can be worn.”

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/alaska-legislature/2021/02/25/anchorage-lawmaker-apologizes-after-sexist-speech-on-house-floor/
(Anchorage Daily News)

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TexasTowelie Feb 2021 OP
OAITW r.2.0 Feb 2021 #1
Demovictory9 Feb 2021 #2
pennylane100 Feb 2021 #3

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:03 PM

1. Sexist, yes...but not accusing her of being evil.

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That's a positive.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:49 PM

2. Agreed. Inappropriate..not mean

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 03:21 AM

3. I think the poor guy was going for a compliment.

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