Florida State Senator Caught Viewing Topless Pic on Laptop by Camera
Apparently it’s not just the SEC
employees that view
explicit content while on the government dollar.
During a lively debate over an abortion bill on the floor of the
Florida Senate, Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton) was unknowingly
caught by an overhead camera looking at a racy
Florida-based Sunshine State News, caught the surprise when viewing feeds from the floor. They quickly posted a video on YouTube and a story describing, "On Thursday morning, Sunshine State News captured exclusive video of Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, looking at the dirty picture on his state-issued computer on the Senate floor. Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a senator’s voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill…‘because it disrespects too many women.’"
In the video Sen. Bennett views an image of four topless women in bikini style underwear for several seconds before closing it. The laptop he was using was a state-provided laptop. That all adds up to some very “nasty, bad, naughty” behavior, as former Senator Larry Craig would say.
Sen. Bennett claims that he was emailed the picture and was startled to discover its true form. He states, "I was just sitting there, bored as they were debating the abortion bill. I opened it up and said holy [expletive]! What’s on my screen? and clicked away from it right away."
After his brief explicit image viewing session, he fires up a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself dry.
Sen. Bennett considered showing his email records to the news agency, but declined to do so after consulting with a Senate lawyer. The Senate Jaryn Emhof tried to explain the mess, commenting, “There was some confusion about an email he received. He thought it was an email about an item being debated on the Senate floor. As soon as he realized it wasn’t he closed the page.”
Sen. Bennett stated that he would never use his laptop for inappropriate purposes. He comments, “You’d have to be insane to do that. It all goes through a server. I don’t think anybody would be doing that.”
The whole incident is just one more example of how people should realize that whether in public or on the job, they just might be on camera.