In a recent interview, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) raised eyebrows with comments about Southerners, outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. (National Journal)
Schweitzer has indicated he may run for president in 2016. (MSNBC.com)
“If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say — and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right —but my gaydar is 60-70 percent,” Schweitzer said in the interview.
“Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he said. "They just have effeminate mannerisms.”
Cantor represents central Virginia and has been married for 25 years. He and his wife have three children.
Maybe Schweitzer intended with that remark to one-up Texas Gov Rick Perry, who recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism. Unlike Perry, though, Schweitzer has said he supports same-sex marriage. (TheDailyBeast.com)
In the same interview, reporter Marin Cogan writes that Schweitzer ranted against Sen. Dianne Feinstein for criticizing the CIA over alleged spying on congressional staffers investigating the agency:
“She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spying!” he says.
Although he added that he might have offered the “wrong metaphor,” he did not apologize for that remark.
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