1. Thomas says

    How old is this guy? 12? Is there going to be a deeply idiotic elected official in the news every day of 2013?

  2. KFLO says

    He sounds like a real winner all around! Check out this article from 2008!:
    “A Washington, Pa., council member reported to jail last night for drunken driving offenses, but he cannot be forced from office, according to government officials.
    Matt Staniszewski, 30, is scheduled to serve six to 18 months for two offenses of driving under the influence of alcohol and one charge of careless driving.”

  3. LiamB says

    Seriously? Who in this day and age, under the age of 50 would assume ‘gay’ to mean happy? Granted, the very fact he thought it appropriate to send any e-mail alert out that wasn’t, you know, an alert, shows his immaturity, but this is just pathetic.

  4. Brian says

    I don’t know him, I have no idea how he found out I was gay, and I apologize to the people of Washington that my gayness caused an emergency there.

  5. Paul R says

    Liamb, I think it’s fairly safe to say that he knew exactly what it means and that he was just trying to cover a drunken, stupid move.

  6. JT says

    See people, this is what we’re up against. They’re cowards. Most don’t even stand for their own bigotry when confronted on it and play the victim card and assume we’re all stupid.

  7. Anastasia Beaverhausen says

    Brian is not gay. Bryan is. So is Stephen (but not Steven) and Philip (but not Phillip).

  8. jpeckjr says

    It was inappropriate in another way: sending a frivolous message on the emergency alert system, regardless of what was in the message.

    And kudos to the citizen who objected.

  9. Yeek says

    This is how the Beastie Boys handled it back in 1999:

    ”I would like to… formally apologize to the entire gay and lesbian community for the s—ty and ignorant things we said on our first record,” Horovitz wrote. ”There are no excuses. But time has healed our stupidity…. We have learned and sincerely changed since the ’80s…. We hope that you’ll accept this long overdue apology.”

  10. Bob R says

    First it’s Lech Welesa, now Staneszewski, it would seem this if the month for Polish jokes. We have two so far and it’s only the seventh. Well, he certainly has proved he’s dumb and not mature or courageous enough to admit a mistake.

  11. Francis says

    Unprofessional and immature at best. His defense of his actions is straight up homophobic and disrespectful. But this guy has quite the backstory and corruption seems to follow him, so it’s not as if he’s a master at showing any semblance of common sense.

    Things like this just add to the mentality that many in our society have that being gay is a joke, something to deride and laugh at and not take serious. It’s not OK. At all.