Boutin responds to bar video, apologizes for lapse in judgement
Republican state Sen. David Boutin responded yesterday to a video that appears to show him intoxicated at a bar, saying he was trying to defend a woman and took it too far.
The video, released in two parts on the conservative website Granite Grok, shows the senator arguing with two unidentified men. It’s unclear when or where the footage was shot.
Boutin, who is in the final stretch of a primary challenge, said the confrontation happened more than a year ago at the Asian Breeze restaurant in Hooksett and involved “a disagreement with two men who I observed bothering a woman.”
“My immediate reaction was to come to the defense of the woman who was being badgered,” he said. “After sharing my opinion, I should have known better and just walked away. It was an error in judgment, and I apologize to my constituents.”
He declined to comment on whether he was intoxicated at the time.