Brian Schweitzer
Former Democratic Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer at the Montana AFL-CIO annual convention in Billings, Mont. on May 10, 2013.  Matt Brown—AP

Schweitzer Apologizes For 'Gaydar' Remarks

Jun 19, 2014

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer took to Facebook on Thursday to apologize for saying House Majority Leader Eric Cantor set off his "gaydar" and for using a vulgar metaphor for Sen. Diane Feinstein's relationship with the intelligence community.

"I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard," Schweitzer, considered a long-shot candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, wrote Thursday afternoon.

While Schweitzer has been praised by some for his candor and theatrics—as governor, he killed Republican-sponsored bills with a branding iron that read "VETO"—these recent remarks triggered a torrent of criticism, causing many to speculate that that he'd erased whatever small chance he had at nabbing the nomination.

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