EVERETT, Mass. (AP) - A newly elected state representative is facing a possible reprimand from Everett's Common Council for allegedly berating restaurant employees for seating him near a special needs child.
Everett Democrat Wayne Matewsky is a longtime Common Council member who won a special election for the Statehouse earlier this month. He denies restaurant workers' version of the events.
Fox 25's Heather Hegedus reported that the council's ethics committee recommended last Tuesday that Matewsky be reprimanded for misconduct at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Everett on March 6. The council is expected to take up the proposal Tuesday.
Witnesses told FOX 25 that Matewsky got into a heated verbal argument with the child's father because the child was being noisy; however, Matewsky denies that the incident ever happened and that the allegations are politically motivated.
A spokesperson for Texas Roadhouse painted a different story telling the city councilors in a letter that Matewsky used "foul language" and berated employees. The spokesman claims Matewsky left without paying his bill and even threatened to have the health department shut the restaurant down.
He apologized to staff a week later.
Matewsky, a 30-year veteran of Everett politics, topped four other Democrats, including former Mayor John Hanlon, in special election primary to replace Democrat Stephen "Stat" Smith, who resigned from the House after agreeing to plead guilty to casting invalid absentee ballots. He will face two un-enrolled candidates in the April 2 special election.