Rep. Heather Scott issues apology, seeks reconciliation

Posted at 3:15 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 17:34:54-05

Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, says she is seeking reconciliation with the House of Representatives. 

Scott hand-delivered a release to the Capitol Press Corps prior to Wednesday's Republican caucus meeting. 

"There is a pressing need for the House to bring about reconciliation that is badly needed and that, I trust, we all desire," Scott said in the release. "Allowing the circumstances surrounding me to spin further out of control will not serve the interest of the House or the people of Idaho. Our constituents deserve better than for us to continue being sidetracked by things that don't affect them." 

Scott was removed from her three committee positions last week following remarks to another female lawmaker that women in the legislature only advance to leadership through sexual favors. 

"In retrospect, I should have chosen my words more carefully," Scott said. "I apologize to every member of House, again, for not being more careful. I commit to be more diligent in speaking in the voice and words of a statesman in all of my conversations."