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Under fire for social media post, Tim Stewart resigns

February 9, 2019

After being under fire this week for a social media post, Timothy Stewart’s resignation as president of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce was accepted Saturday.

Gennaro Bizzarro, chairman of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement he accepted Stewart’s resignation and thanked him for his years of service. Stewart was president over the 400-member organization.

“For the past three days, we at the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce have been rocked by the aftermath of Tim’s social media post,” Bizzarro said. “Within hours of learning of the post on Wednesday morning, I placed Tim on immediate administrative leave and expressed my profound disappointment in his inexcusable language.”

Earlier in the week, Stewart wrote “Bitches in heat!” under a Facebook photo of a dozen white-clad members of Congress at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Bizzarro said he tried meeting with all of the 20 board members over the last 72 hours to hear feedback and listen to their opinions on the incident.

“I appreciate that Tim has stepped forward so as not to put the chamber or our members through additional distress,” Bizzarro said.

“I am confident that together, we will get past this and continue to move the chamber forward for years to come,” he ended his letter.

Stewart is the former mayor of New Britain. His daughter, Erin Stewart, who serves as the current mayor of New Britain said earlier this week she was mortified by her father’s post.