By Wayne Niederhauser
State Senator, District 9
Today @mwbowler tweeted the following:
The answer is no. Absolutely not.
At a breakfast meeting today, an attendee referenced the old game show The Dating Game and I responded inappropriately. It was all meant in fun, but reflected stereotypes that should have no part in our attitudes or discussions. I also embarrassed a respected colleague. That was wrong.
I am sorry. My comments were not representative of the senate or what I want the senate to be. All people who serve and interact with us should be treated with respect and dignity.
Shortly after the breakfast concluded, I spoke with Senator Henderson and apologized for my actions.
As much as I wish I could undo my mistake this morning, I think I’m also grateful for the chance to learn and think through the problem. It’s an opportunity to grow, as a person, and probably as an institution.
When this kind of thing happens, let’s call it out and have an open dialogue so that we can appropriately change the culture and institutions around us.
Please leave me your comments. I’m open to a thoughtful conversation to help me, and maybe a few others, to better understand the problem and make changes.