Brian Schweitzer: Eric Cantor Sets Off My ‘Gaydar’

Just how much can you run your mouth and still run for higher office?

"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."
Jason Lindsey
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National Journal Staff
June 18, 2014, 4 p.m.

Former Montana Gov. Bri­an Sch­weitzer might want to be pres­id­ent ““ but just how much can you run your mouth and still run for high­er of­fice?

He’s about to find out.

In an in-depth pro­file by Na­tion­al Journ­al’s Mar­in Cogan, Sch­weitzer, a Demo­crat, says that South­ern men strike him as “ef­fem­in­ate,” says that ous­ted House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor set off his “gay­dar,” and sug­gests that Sen. Di­anne Fein­stein was a street­walk­er for the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­munity.

“She was the wo­man who was stand­ing un­der the street­light with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees,” Sch­weitzer says of Fein­stein, “and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spy­ing I mean, maybe that’s the wrong meta­phor — but she was all in!”

Cogan called Sch­weitzer on the night Can­tor lost his Re­pub­lic­an primary. The former gov­ernor had plenty to say about it:

“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.”

For the full story, read Cogan’s “The Gonzo Op­tion.

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