Al Krieger Issues Limp Apology

Yuma, Arizona mayor Al Krieger has been getting a lot of much-deserved heat for his ridiculous comment during a Memorial Day speech wherein he stated "I cannot believe that a bunch of lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people could do what those men have done in the past." He then went on to defend his statement by claiming that both George Washington or Abraham Lincoln would agree with his stance.


Well, yesterday came the tepid apology. According to the Yuma Sun, said Krieger:

“As mayor I must respect the lifestyle choices of others, no matter how disagreeable they are with my personal beliefs or my personal moral standards. I apologize for my comments at the Memorial Day service at Desert Lawn cemetery on Memorial Day.”

Yuma gay activist Michael H. Baughman points out that Krieger's apology was less than heartfelt: “It's rather self-serving in some respects and it really doesn't go quite far enough. He is apologizing because he needs to as the mayor, but he has obviously made no effort to really get to know anybody (in the gay community). He should have left out the part about his own personal beliefs … because he is the mayor of Yuma. He should have just apologized. Your personal beliefs have no business in the public forum.”

As for those references to President Washington and Lincoln, Baughman says: “History records prove Gen. Washington sent Benjamin Franklin to Paris to meet with the openly homosexual Prussian military genius Lt. Gen. Frederick Von Steuben, to ask him to come and train the American troops. Von Steuben arrived at Valley Forge, that cold winter of 1778, with a young French nobleman who was his ‘assistant' and lover … It is unlikely that Gen. Washington, engaged in founding a nation, had the time or inclination to concern himself with who was sleeping with whom.”


  1. Lars says

    That’s not an apology, that’s another insult. Hate speech!
    Lifestyle choice my ass.

  2. coolbearinmd says

    Baughman offers a great point more people should know about–Krieger is probably also unaware that Lincoln expressly and famously opposed the proposition that US law should follow Biblical law–but it’s useless to argue from actual evidence with these people. For them–Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, etc.–history, like the Bible, is whatever they say it is. Any evidence to the contrary is a bizarre aberration or evidence of a conspiracy–which is why it’s called the “paranoid political position.”

  3. BoxerDad says

    Somehow we’ve gotten to a place in this society where people can say the most hateful and vile things and then expect the offended to excuse them because their words come from sincere beliefs. That’s supposed to make it BETTER?

  4. slem says

    kreiger says “lifestyle choices” … another sly bit of stereotyping. sexuality is not a lifestyle or a choice. after all, who on earth would choose to be like him?

  5. TANK says

    speak of choices, a lot of people are choosing not to spend money and time in az. Apparently for very good reason.

  6. Tessie Tura says

    Someone tell this idiot that

    a: Like many men of the period, Washington wore powdered wigs and lace collars, and

    b: Washington’s military strategist, who was responsible for our winning the war (Baron von Steuben), was GAY. That’s right, GAY. Always kept a couple of boys around.

  7. stephen says

    What’s amazing is that his ignorance is not even to score political points w/ other ignorant people… it’s just plain ignorance- which, despite the pathetic quality of the whole thing, just makes it so very sad.

    He ought to be laughed out of town, but more than likely he’ll become some kind of hero.

  8. JamesR says

    Religion is a Lifestyle Choice made after the ability to choose is developed. God made me gay at the outset.

    Ignorance is usually a lifestyle choice too, though I had known of Von Steuben and his pivotal, essential role in our victory in the Revolution – that without him and his skill we would not have this country – the ignorance of his gayness was a lifestyle choice of ignorance not made by me. Those who would censor history to their liking have kept that fact from the mainstream and what we end up with are twits like this mayor.

    Thanks Andy, thanks Steve Pep In, and thanks to Michael Baughman.

  9. Dave says

    Why do I expect he’ll be getting a series of visits from non-limp-wristed, non-lace-wearing SLDN members who received commendations in active combat?

  10. Craig says

    Read this idiot’s biography at the City of Yuma website. Contractor. Baptist. No mention of military service! Of course not! Right up there with the rest of the Holy War Republicans – just send someone ELSE to fight and die. Never served. What a jerk.

  11. walter says

    apparently Washington and Lincoln were better leaders than our current crop of assholes. they knew how to do many things at once successfully and didn’t suck the country dry. Lincoln was a man who could show great compassion for people of all colors and religions. i don’t think he would think too much of the repuks calling themshelves the party of Lincoln, maybe the party of hitler

  12. Jeff Dunivant says

    Keep your comment because nobody wants to hear your hate talk. Let’s make a deal, we’ll keep hating you and you can keep hating us. We are just waiting for the all clear by the Generals and the Joint Chief’s; then we will what we want after 17 years of struggle, then we can do an I told you so dance right in front of Al Krieger.

  13. ChrisM says

    Could someone please confirm and post Mayor Krieger’s record of military service. I’m sick and tired of these oldsters, many of whom skipped out on the Viet Nam war via a phony deferment or exemption, carrying on about the damage that allowing gays to serve openly is going to do to the military. If however, this old fool actually served in the military then someone needs to point out to his stupid ass that he, abet unknowingly, served alongside many gay men and women quite obviously survived with seemingly no ill effects (stupidity intact).

  14. anon says

    The Seven Years War was something of a high water mark for gay rights/acceptance in Europe for a long while. Washington and Von Steuben came out of that milieu.