Councilman Apologizes Over T-shirt Photo

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A photo involving an Omaha City Council member is creating a lot of controversy. In the photo, Chris Jerram holds a photo depicting his fellow council member, Jean Stothert, on a stripper pole.

Jerram apologized and said he made a mistake.

“It's disgusting, and it's demeaning, and it's not only demeaning to me, but to all women," said Stothert on Monday. "You know, to be depicted of the way I was on that t-shirt should not happen."

The shirt reads "Jean, quit stripping us of our tax dollars" -- and it has a woman and stripper pole next to it.

"Obviously I didn’t make it or wear it," said Jerram, a Democrat, "But made an error in judgment by allowing the photograph to be taken."

Stothert says she has been the victim of several anonymous and vulgar attacks over the past week through mailers and Twitter.

Stothert said seeing fellow council member Jerram smiling with the shirt was a surprise.

"It was offensive and over-the-top political satire and I feel bad about it," said Jerram. "I apologized to Jean and the women of our community."

Jerram says he hopes he's judged by his work as a public servant as a whole and not by this mistake.

“All I can say is I'm really disappointed in him for doing it, and it was very inappropriate, and I do believe he owes me a public apology,” Stothert said.

Jerram says he will offer the apology face-to-face on Tuesday -- when the two get together for the city council meeting.

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