BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - A Louisiana state senator said Friday that she was appalled by a birthday celebration at the Capitol.
Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, said someone brought a cake to the State Capitol for Rep. Mark Abraham's birthday. The cake was in the shape of a woman's bikini-clad torso and had a note that read "Mark Abraham - he likes his cake and eats it too."
Carter Peterson (@TeamKCP) tweeted a picture of the cake, saying it was offensive and disrespectful. She also tweeted that it was important to not allow disrespectful workplace behavior to become "normalized."
She told FOX 8 that a senior staffer said there was a second cake that depicted a woman's genitals, but that cake was removed before she saw it.
Rep. Abraham, a Republican from Lake Charles, talked to a reporter with FOX 8 sister station KPLC, saying that the cake was made for him by the wife of a fellow legislator. He said because it was so large, he decided to bring it to the Capitol to share with other lawmakers. He said he didn't find it offensive but would have removed it if anyone had complained.
Abraham also denied there was a second cake depicting genitalia.
Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, released the following:
"There were female legislators and staffers who were offended. There should be an attitude of apology rather than of defense. The State House should not be a place where any woman feels uncomfortable. The women legislators and staffers are in every way equal to the men in that building and deserve a workplace that honors their values."