Politics & Government

Lobbyist who asked Harrison County supervisor for oral sex resigns from Gulfport, airport

Scott Levanway
Scott Levanway

Scott Levanway, who asked Harrison County Supervisor Beverly Martin for oral sex during a reception in Jackson, has resigned as a lobbyist for the city of Gulfport and the Gulfport-Biloxi airport authority, officials confirmed.

After Martin took to Facebook to share what happened, Levanway apologized in an email sent to the media, saying he was joking.

“Scott and I talked,” Mayor Billy Hewes told the Sun Herald on Tuesday. “We both thought it best that the contract be terminated, so he resigned.”

Levanway also sent a letter resigning from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Authority, chairman Dave Dennis said.

Under his contract with the city, Levanway was set to earn a base fee of $30,000 in 2018, plus expenses, for representing Gulfport’s interests to the state Legislature and other government officials. The airport contract paid the lobbyist $3,000 per month.

Levanway did not respond Tuesday to messages from the Sun Herald.

At the annual Gulf Coast Legislative Reception last week, Martin was about to introduce Levanway to Harrison County Supervisor Kent Jones when Levanway told her to “suck my d---.”

Martin shared his remark Saturday in a post to friends on her Facebook page.

“It was never my intention to cause him any loss of business or clients,” Martin said Tuesday, “but at the same time, as a woman and an elected official, it's not OK to talk to people this way.

“The power of social media, I'll definitely never underestimate that. I'm honored and surprised at the support I've received.”

The Sun Herald Editorial Board on Tuesday asked that the city of Gulfport and the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority reconsider their contracts with Levanway, calling the lobbyist’s comments to Martin “intolerably vulgar.”

Levanway also has lobbying contracts with the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County and Corporate Management Inc. in Gulfport, according to records filed with the secretary of state’s office. Executives with those companies did not respond to messages from the Sun Herald.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99