Chuck Hagel Retracts 1998 Comments About James Hormel as “Openly Aggressively Gay”

, U.S. Senator from Nebraska.

,Chuck Hagel Retracts 1998 Comments About James Hormel as “Openly Aggressively Gay”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) retracts his 1998 comment about gays, now says those comments were insensitive. I guess he has “evolved” because that Defense Secretary position is being dangled like a carrot in his face. He shouldn’t have said it in the 1st place. Those comments turned some top Democratic activists against Chuck Hagel as a potential Secretary of State.

Politico:  Chuck Hagel had in 1998 disparaged James C. Hormel as “openly aggressively gay” after President Bill Clinton named him ambassador to Luxembourg. Today, Hagel said in a statement: “My comments 14 years ago in 1998 were insensitive. They do not reflect my views or the totality of my public record, and I apologize to Ambassador Hormel and any LGBT Americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights.”

Sorry, but I am not buying his retraction. He did it because he had no choice because he really wants the job as Defense Secretary. As a man thinketh, so his he. He should never have uttered those ugly comments in the first place.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
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    Janet:

    Are these “Offended Democratic Activists’ the same one’s who SAT SILENT as President Obama claimed that the International Coup upon Libya was a “Humanitarian Mission”?

    Their justification for silence shows them to be “Anti-Dr Kings”. When they saw that by opposing Obama’s military actions with drones would damage their hopes for DOMESTIC SOCIAL JUSTICE – they no longer were concerned with “Injustice Anywhere”.