PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A Scott Township Commissioner is facing backlash after he made inappropriate comments about PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levin during a virtual public meeting on Tuesday night.
During an in public/Zoom meeting, Vice President Paul Abel of Ward 6 was questioning what comes after the green phase and when “we can start acting like human beings again?”
Fellow commissioner Angela Wateska responded says doesn’t know when green will end or if the area will have to go back into the yellow phase at some point.
Abel then responds with “I’m tired of listening to a guy dressed up as a woman,” referring to Dr. Levine, a transgender woman.
Audible gasps can be heard in the meeting along with bewildered faces on some of the other commissioner’s faces.
On Thursday, the township issued an apology:
Commissioner Paul Abel wishes to apologize to Scott Township and the entire community for the statements made regarding State Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine at a Township Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday night. The board of Commissioners does not condone discrimination of any kind and the comment of a commissioner is not a reflection of the board or the township at large. We are addressing this situation and will move forward to ensure that these comments are not repeated and that people who identify as LGBTQIA+ or any other group feel safe, accepted and included in Scott Township.
The board of Commissioners also apologize for not addressing this when it happened and not coming forward sooner. Commissioner Abel’s opinions and views are not those of ours, but this should have been conveyed when it happened and did not, and for that we apologize to the Community, and to Dr. Levine specifically.
The township commissioners have all signed the letter, including Abel.
There is no word on what discipline, if any Abel could face.