Amid Kerry’s comments about Cheney’s lesbian daughter, I wonder why this story isn’t getting more media play? Can you image the uproar if this had been a Republican?
Fumo apologizes for derogatory term
Friday, October 08, 2004
BY CHARLES THOMPSON
Sen. Vince Fumo issued an open apology yesterday to the gay community for his use of the word “faggot” in a name-calling tirade on the state Senate floor late Wednesday.
Fumo hurled the epithet several times at Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair, and Majority Leader David “Chip” Brightbill, R-Lebanon, after the Senate Republicans moved to stifle debate on a number of Democratic amendments to their slots bill.
According to witnesses, Fumo stormed over to the GOP leaders during a break in proceedings and accused them of breaking a pledge that he and his colleagues would be permitted to present their amendments. Fumo used the term several times before the exchange ended. It was not captured on tape.
Later, the Philadelphia Democrat acknowledged to reporters that he had lost his temper and “made a mistake” in his choice of words.[/quote]