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City council president steps down after drunken tirade

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Michael Trueworthy is accused of going on a drunken tirade in the mayor's office. (WFSB photo) Michael Trueworthy is accused of going on a drunken tirade in the mayor's office. (WFSB photo)
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Trueworthy continued his tirade at the West Side Tavern, according to police. (WFSB photo) Trueworthy continued his tirade at the West Side Tavern, according to police. (WFSB photo)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

An alderman in New Britain who was elected to serve the people has been getting attention for much more than his job.

Michael Trueworthy is accused of causing a drunken disturbance last week inside the mayor's office during the middle of the day, then continuing it at a city bar.

In the wake of the fallout, Trueworthy admitted he was an alcoholic and said he was stepping down from his role as city council president. He said he was also seeking help.

Police said it began with calls and emails earlier in the day. Mayor Erin Stewart said he followed that up by barging into her office, slurring his words, demanding a drink and telling her he didn't like the way she was running the city.

"I'm sorry and feel in some ways I let them down, and I'm trying to make amends," said Trueworthy.

Trueworthy told Eyewitness News that he has struggled with alcoholism since his teenage years.

During the incident, Stewart said Trueworthy insisted that she had alcohol in her office and that he would "rifle through my office and cabinets if I did not provide him with a drink."

Stewart went on to tell police that he called her an "[Expletive] kid" and added that he was quote "a better politician than me."

"I left a voicemail message for her and her chief of staff, but they have not spoken to me yet," said Trueworthy.

A friend picked Trueworthy up and took him home, but police said the incident did not end there. Later that night, the alderman was spotted at the West Side Tavern. The owners told Eyewitness News that he demanded shots and a beer.

When the bartender cut Trueworthy off, the owner said the alderman started using homophobic slurs.

"I can only do so much. I'm a human being," said Trueworthy. "I've apologized for the sake of my family and the citizens of New Britain."

Steward said she was not pressing any charges.

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