It was the “cough” heard around the Tampa City Council.
Now it’s being heard across the country as thousands of listeners try to figure out what a legislative aide blurted out last week during a city council meeting.
NewsChannel 8 has confirmed council aide Carrie Henriquez has resigned for the caught-on-camera coughing incident behind the council on Thursday, although many believe it to be far more than just a cough.
What they’re hearing is Henriquez cough out the expletive, “a–hole.”
The incident happened as Henriquez was passing behind Luis Viera, the sitting chairman who recently defeated her former boss to head the board.
Henriquez had told The Tampa Bay Times she was sick.
“I coughed. I sneezed. I coughed. I sneezed,” she said.
Meanwhile, the clip is racking up more than 135,000 views on YouTube as listeners debate exactly what they’re hearing.