Alaska state Rep. Hughes apologizes for calling breastfeeding “sexy”

On Tuesday, Rep. Shelly Hughes, a Republican from Palmer, apologized for her “poor choice of words” when she described breastfeeding as “sexy” in a press release about a resolution to encourage the practice.

The release, which has gotten a fair amount of attention, was sent to media on Monday night, and was headlined: “Smart and Sexy: Legislature Encourages Hospitals to Promote Breastfeeding.” The “smart and sexy” part was later dropped from the official release on the House majority website.

“My intent was to draw attention to this incredibly important issue. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of attention I hoped to receive,” Hughes wrote. “I take full responsibility for the headline. I apologize for the poor choice of words, and am sorry if I offended anyone.”

In addition to the sexy comment, Hughes, who is known for being colorful and playful on the House floor, also used interesting language to urge her colleagues to vote for the resolution.

“As a legislature forever fond of natural resource development, it’s time to endorse the extraction of this God-given, abundant and renewable natural resource,” Hughes is quoted in the release as saying.

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8 thoughts on “Alaska state Rep. Hughes apologizes for calling breastfeeding “sexy”

  1. AlaskaCodPiece

    Morgan, Sadly, these are the people that the pathetic turnout of Alaska voters elect.

    Only about 25% of Alaska voters bothered to go to the polls in 2012 – that, combined with gerrymandered voting districts in Anchorage – well, we are living the result of Alaskans’ apathy.

  2. Portlander

    This epitomizes the reasons I left Alaska. I left a beautiful state with abundant riches with elected officials that you could count on embarrassin themselves. It doesn’t sound like things have changed very much.

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