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New Britain mayor criticized over photo posted to Instagram

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New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart posted the following photo on her personal Instagram page after a Fourth of July BBQ. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart posted the following photo on her personal Instagram page after a Fourth of July BBQ.
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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart is being criticized for some photos she posted on her personal Instagram page.

Stewart said she was at a barbeque when she took a photo of herself wrapped in an American Flag scarf she purchased on Groupon, and posted it on the social media site.

"I thought it was a little inappropriate. She's just standing looking very provocative and it looks like she has nothing underneath," the scarf, said Jessica Tirado.

Stewart said she doesn't understand why people would be offended by her attempts to be patriotic.

"It's an American Flag printed scarf. I was wrapped in a scarf. It was a candid photo that somebody took of me and it was posted on Instagram," Stewart added.

Others don't have a problem with the photo.

"She wasn't working so she can do whatever she wants," said David Muglin.

Renata Murglin said she thought it looked nice and that "she deserves to have a good time."

Just last week, Stewart was caught using some inappropriate language on Facebook, where she said "can't ‘expletive' trust anyone" which was later changed to "who in this world can you trust."

"She knows everyone is looking at her page," said Tirado, who added that her language should be more appropriate. "She's supposed to be a role model."

Stewart said she was apologetic for the post and admits it was a way of venting.

"It doesn't make it right, I corrected it immediately. I was frustrated and, you know what, at times this job can be incredibly frustrating," Stewart said.

She said she plans to be more careful on social media, and said she will continue to keep her Instagram photo up on her page.

"Perhaps I should be more aware of who my personal friends on Facebook and Instagram are. However I still stand by the fact that I'm working really hard day in and day out to make New Britain a better place live work and raise a family," Stewart added.

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