HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Lehigh Valley lawmaker admits that she was asked to leave a Harrisburg bar after what she called an "animated discussion."
State Senator Lisa Boscola is rejecting a report on the PoliticsPA website that she actually hit a woman in the Brick Haus bar Tuesday night.
Boscola says she was in a "frank and passionate" discussion about some issues in the Senate and the House.
In a statement released Wednesday, Boscola says, "I had an animated discussion with members of the General Assembly and Republican House leadership about issues under discussion in both the Senate and House. The conversation was both frank and passionate as I made my positions known."
Political Science Professor at Muhlenberg College, Chris Borick, says this incident is a black eye for Boscola.
"It might weaken her overall standing in Harrisburg, it might build a perception of her as someone who is dealing with problems and undermines her credibility as a political figure."
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Boscola, a Democrat, got into an argument with Republican House Speaker Sam Smith.
Boscola says the tone may have made some people uncomfortable.
She says she was asked to leave the bar and she complied.
Smith issued a statement in response to the news early Thursday morning:
"Given that other people have experienced similar encounters with the Senator, I hope she gets whatever help she needs for her problems. Her statement is a clear indication of her own denial of the situation and I feel sorry for her."
Back in 2000, Boscola spent 30 days in a rehab center and lost her license for two months after being charged with DUI.
"These only reinforce those images and make it a challenge, more of a challenge for her to work across the aisle, work within her own party," explained Borick. "It's a stigma that's associated with her and that's never good as your trying to do your work."
Borick says this type of incident most likely won't end Boscola's long-running career in Harrisburg.
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