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Rockport Selectman Tells Chairwoman To ‘Go Back To The Kitchen’

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Chair of the Rockport Board of Selectmen, Sarah Wilkinson. (Photo Credit: Carl Stevens/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

Chair of the Rockport Board of Selectmen, Sarah Wilkinson. (Photo Credit: Carl Stevens/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

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ROCKPORT (CBS) – A Rockport selectman has apologized for telling the chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen to “go back to the kitchen” during a heated debate before a town meeting earlier this month.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens reports.


Sarah Wilkinson described Sandy Jacques’ remarks as “personally offensive.”

“I was offended for all women, to be honest…women who work and women who are trying to raise families, go to school and have families, and to hear comments like that is just kind of a step backwards,” said Wilkinson.

Wilkinson’s husband encouraged her to file a formal complaint with the board.

“In today’s day and age, when someone says something like that, that is really unacceptable, you have to stand up and say something about it, because not doing anything about it is basically letting those comments continue,” said Wilkinson.

The board voted Tuesday night to officially denounce the remarks.

Jacques said he regrets saying what he said and did apologize on Tuesday night. He had no further comment.

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