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Former Montana Governor Says Southern Men Are “Effeminate,” and That Eric Cantor Tripped his “Gaydar”

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In a recent piece from The National Journal, author Marin Cogan describes her interview with possible U.S. Presidential contender and former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and asks the question, “how much can you run your mouth while running for president?”

The title of Cogan’s article is “The Gonzo Option” and it details some new statements by Schweitzer that are unlikely to sit well with many Americans. Below are two paragraphs from the piece that are bound to raise eyebrows.

“This was the week that Sen. Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to accuse the CIA of spying on congressional staffers investigating the agency’s treatment of terrorism suspects under the Bush administration. Schweitzer is incredulous that Feinstein—considered by her critics to be too close to the intelligence community—was now criticizing 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. Then, he adds, quickly, “I mean, maybe that’s the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!”

 

(It wasn’t the only time Schweitzer was unable to hold his tongue. 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.”)

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