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Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer Apologizes for Offensive Comments

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:56:29 +0000

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer apologized Thursday for a series of offensive comments he made to the National Journal addressing Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Eric Cantor.

"I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal," the Democratic lawmaker said in a Facebook post. "I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard."

In the magazine's profile piece on Schweitzer, he is quoted as remarking on Cantor's sexuality.

"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 in the interview. "They just have effeminate mannerisms. 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. But he's not, I think, so I don't know. Again, I couldn't care less. I'm accepting."

The former governor also had some harsh words for Democratic Sen. Feinstein for her critiques on the National Security 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 said, adding, "I mean, maybe that's the wrong metaphor -- but she was all in!"

Schweitzer has spoken openly on the possibility for running for president in 2016, viewed as a potential liberal alternative to Hillary Clinton.

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