Brian Schweitzer Apologies for Remarks Made to National Journal

“I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard,” the former governor wrote on his Facebook page.

"If you believe that a politician wouldn't use information gained on citizens to their political benefit, then you are extremely naive. Because they always have, and they will now."
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June 19, 2014, 1:42 p.m.

Former Montana Demo­crat­ic Gov­ernor Bri­an Sch­weitzer is now apo­lo­giz­ing for a num­ber of re­marks he made to Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Mar­in Cogan that set polit­ic­al-watch­ers on fire Thursday.

“I re­cently made a num­ber of stu­pid and in­sens­it­ive re­marks to a re­port­er from the Na­tion­al Journ­al,” he wrote on his Face­book page Thursday night. “I am deeply sorry and sin­cerely apo­lo­gize for my care­less­ness and dis­reg­ard.”

In a pro­file from Cogan, Sch­weitzer spoke a little too off-the-cuff on a few in­stances. Here he is on Sen. Di­anne Fein­stein:

“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. Then, he adds, quickly, “I mean, maybe that’s the wrong meta­phor — but she was all in!”

And here on Eric Can­tor, and South­ern men more broadly:

Last week, I called him on the night Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor was de­feated in his GOP primary. “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 offered when I men­tioned the stun­ning news. When I asked him what he meant, he ad­ded, “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 com­ments, which were first pub­lished late Wed­nes­day night, have led sev­er­al out­lets to call the former gov­ernor’s pres­id­en­tial am­bi­tions dead. But when you look at the com­ments Sch­weitzer is get­ting in re­sponse on Face­book, you can see he’s still got plenty of sup­port­ers. If we’ve learned any­thing the past few years, politi­cians can cer­tainly get second chances.

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