An Alaska Republican state lawmaker apologized after calling breastfeeding “smart and sexy” in a press release publicizing her resolution.
The Republican House majority sent out a press release Monday titled “Smart and Sexy: Legislature Encourages Hospitals to Promote Breastfeeding,” according to political blogger Amanda Coyne.
On Tuesday, Rep. Shelley Hughes (R) issued an apology for the press release, according to the Huffington Post.
“My intent was to draw attention to this incredibly important issue. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of attention I hoped to receive. I take full responsibility for the headline. I apologize for the poor choice of words, and am sorry if I offended anyone,” she said in a statement.
Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault (R) also accepted responsibility for the press release.
“The wording used was unfortunate and I don’t want it to detract from the great work Rep. Hughes did in passing this resolution through the legislative process. I take responsibility for this, as the release came from our Majority Office,” he said.
The press release for the resolution, which encourages hospitals to promote breastfeeding, no longer includes the phrase “smart and sexy” on the legislature’s website.
The Huffington Post has the full original press release here.
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