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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