Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says Eric Cantor sets off his ‘gaydar'

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. (

“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.

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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. (

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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