Is Anthony Weiner being held accountable for the comments an elderly woman made about NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn? No, but LGBT activists and allies are angered with what they see as his insufficient response.
As reported, an elderly woman a large crowd told Weiner that she would not vote for “that dyke” Christine Quinn. Here’s the exchange in text and audio via The Washington Post:
“You a registered Democrat?” he asked an elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart by him.
“I am,” she said. “And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.”
“Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,” said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, “and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” the woman said.
“It’s okay,” Weiner responded. “It’s not your fault.”
Weiner then issued this response:
“Homophobia is vile and destructive and something I have fought against for the entirety of my career, including being a vocal supporter of gay marriage since 1998 and standing up on the floor of Congress for transgender Americans. I admonished the woman amid a large crowd on a street corner and by no means believe that anything about her comment was appropriate. If the impression is that I did, I apologize because behavior like this will absolutely not be tolerated in my administration.”
Weiner is running for mayor of New York City against Christine Quinn. Both are Democrats.
What’s your thought? Did Weiner respond to the voter properly? Is his statement fair, honest, and sufficient?
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