Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Richardson, who said this week that in the Spanish that he grew up with, the word maricón “means simply ‘gay,’ not positive or negative,” apologized for his exchange with deposed radio host Don Imus in 2006, saying he used the term playfully.
Said Richardson: “My record is the strongest among the presidential candidates on gay rights issues and I’m puzzled by the timing of this. When it happened a year ago, nobody seemed to think it was terribly important. Now it surfaces. It’s probably a sign from other campaigns that they are little worried about me. It was a playful exchange between me and Don Imus that was not intended to demean anybody, but if I offended anybody, I apologize.”
Richardson Says Remark Meant Playfully [ap via washington post]
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