Wednesday, October 2, 2013

On "Misogyny and Loathing in Holyoke"

Thanks everyone for the outpouring of kindness and support that you have demonstrated toward me in reaction to the comments inadvertently caught on tape at last night's City Council meeting. Below you will find my thoughts on the incident:

This is not the first time Bresnahan has lobbed insulting or inappropriate comments at me or my husband, Building Commissioner Damian Cote, so his behavior does not surprise me.

The occurrence speaks to Bresnahan's character- which he clearly exposed to the Holyoke community through his comments.

He not only owes me and every other mother, or mother-to-be an apology, but he also owes the Holyoke community at-large an apology for the detrimental representation of our city that his actions portray to surrounding communities -- especially when there are so many of us working hard every day to create a more positive image of Holyoke.

I hope that the voters hold Bresnahan accountable for his actions and fail to re-elect him to the City Council this November. I also hope that in the future Councilor Todd McGee would refuse to tolerate such sexist and unprofessional comments in our work environment.

For my part, I want to focus on the exciting step that my husband and I are taking together in welcoming a new addition to our family.

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For more information regarding the incident and Council members' reactions, see also:

Misogyny and Loathing in Holyoke

2 Holyoke City Councilors apologize for remarks about pregnant colleagues in pre-meeting chat captured on microphone