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Out NY Lawmakers Blast Anthony Weiner for Response to Voter Who Called Christine Quinn a 'Dyke'

Out NY Assembloywoman Deborah Glick and out NY state Senator Brad Hoylman have released a joint statement blasting mayorla candidate Anthony Weiner for his response to a voter who referred to Christine Quinn as a "dyke".

WeinerWeiner's conversation with the voter, according to the Washington Post:

The Twitter story isn’t going away; the Times inadvertently posted an article titled “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers” before it was ready for publication, which was immediately taken down. And there are increasingly critical examinations of his scant legislative record. Yet no one in the race has the political capacity to relate to people like Weiner, who makes it a point to relate to everyone.

“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.”

Hoylman and Glick released a statement in response:

“We are appalled by the account in the Washington Post of Anthony Weiner’s unacceptable response to a prospective voter’s homophobic, misogynistic slur in reference to Christine Quinn. According to the reporter, Weiner at first ignored the slur. Then, after noticing the reporter, Weiner told the voter she ‘really shouldn’t talk that way about people.’  Finally, after the voter apologized, Weiner said, ‘It’s okay. It’s not your fault.’
“Weiner’s response to this blatant display of homophobia is completely inappropriate and extremely alarming. There is nothing ‘okay’ about homophobia and it’s never ‘okay’ to condone bias-based slurs or hate speech of any kind.
 The voter’s use of the term demonstrates the challenges women candidates and lesbians in particular face, and Weiner’s failure to swiftly and firmly condemn her language demonstrates his lack of moral courage.
“We demand an immediate apology from Mr. Weiner on behalf of LGBT and women New Yorkers.”

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  1. This is a distraction. You would think we have bigger fish to fry.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 20, 2013 12:41:46 PM

  2. Quinn's propaganda machine is now in full swing. I have another term to describe her but won't use it here. She's a piss-poor candidate and I am telling everyone I know who is a registered Democrat not to vote for her. That's the problem with NYC being a one-party town. ALL the Democratic candidates suck a big wiener (including Anthony Weiner).

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 20, 2013 12:44:48 PM

  3. please. get over yourselves Hoylman & Glick.

    many people have an inappropriate grandparent and have to walk the thin line of correcting them or not even bothering because they're too old to learn any differently.

    not to mention he did do the right thing - just not fast enough for the reporter? whatever.

    this is a non issue.

    oh, and did I mention, as a New Yorker - he's got my vote.

    Posted by: Truthiness | Jun 20, 2013 12:47:02 PM

  4. Much ado about nothing. We have more important things to deal with than trying to stop old people from being homophobic. Time will take care of that problem.

    Posted by: Howard | Jun 20, 2013 12:49:53 PM

  5. I'm confused as to what they wanted him to do.

    Call her out in front of everyone to publicly shame her? Refuse to let her place her bigoted signature on his petition? Stop what he was doing and launch into a seminar on tolerance?

    Sure, he was probably just trying to avoid conflict and quickly get a signature, but what he ended up doing is as far as anyone should take such a situation. Demanding an apology to "women New Yorkers" is patently ridiculous.

    Posted by: OddBet | Jun 20, 2013 12:50:31 PM

  6. This isn't the first time he's been silent in the company of anti-gay bigots. If he's a leader, he should lead, not just stay quiet when people are using slurs against his opponent.

    Posted by: reader | Jun 20, 2013 12:53:18 PM

  7. Extra! Extra! Random old lady uses the word dyke! Sky is blue! Grass is green! Read all about it!

    Posted by: Feral | Jun 20, 2013 12:54:59 PM

  8. But if she had said redneck, gringo, or cracker we wouldn't even know about it.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 20, 2013 12:59:50 PM

  9. because "being bigoted against whites" keeps sad little boys with no balls like David Hearne awake in fear all night :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 20, 2013 1:06:56 PM

  10. He WASN'T "silent"—he explicitly told her the word wasn't appropriate, and there's no reason to believe that he would have taken the same kind of pity he did on an old woman to someone younger and likely to have no excuse for not knowing better.

    As I don't live in NYC, I've purposely avoided any comment anywhere by gays lambasting Quinn because I'm not in a position to know whether they're true or not. BUT if this is the absurd length her supporters will go to try to stop Weiner then maybe the stories about her are true. "The fish rots from the top down." [And, NO, that's NOT meant to be a pun.]

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 20, 2013 1:08:10 PM

  11. "It's okay. It's not your fault." That's not exactly a strong condemnation of someone using a slur against the lesbian in the race. Remember, this all happened on the record in front of a reporter. And it isn't the first time he's ignored this kind of language on the trail. It's a pattern.

    Posted by: reader | Jun 20, 2013 1:16:44 PM

  12. Not a bad way to handle an awkward situation. He did say she shouldn't say that, and sort of treated her like a child. Of course, there are similarities between the elderly and children. "It's not your fault" implies "You don't know any better." What was he supposed to do, yell at and shame an old woman in a public setting? That would have been a much worse response for him, but not for Quinn, who appears to have minions responding here as well.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Jun 20, 2013 1:24:38 PM

  13. And how would have Weiner dealt with a racist old lady that referred to another candidate as a N*gg*r or Sp*c?

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jun 20, 2013 1:25:40 PM

  14. If he had ignored an old woman using the word f@g I'm going to guess those here willing to give him a pass would be calling for his head.

    Posted by: ger | Jun 20, 2013 1:26:33 PM

  15. is dyke a slur? i know the dykes on bikes will be in full swing this weekend leading parades.

    Posted by: Bellah | Jun 20, 2013 1:26:57 PM

  16. It's like a Diversity Outrage relay.

    First Thompson plays the race card on Quinn. Then Quinn drops the rainbow parlay on Weiner. Cue accusations of anti-Semitism by Weiner in 3, 2, 1.....

    Guess: Against whom will it be?

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 20, 2013 1:34:48 PM

  17. In fairness, it should be noted that Anthony Weiner supported gay marriage in 2008, years before many other prominent Democrats did, including President Obama and the Clintons.

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 20, 2013 1:42:08 PM

  18. @MateoM: Well, you've got the dago married to the ex-dyke, or the Chinaman, or Weiner could turn on the Republicans and attack the feta-cheese smellin' Greek supermarket dude.

    This ain't your granddaddy's mayoral race fo'sho'!

    Posted by: Derrick in Philly | Jun 20, 2013 1:42:53 PM

  19. Derrick, do we really need that kind of language in this forum? I'm outraged that you of all people would resort to ethnic slurs and racial stereotypes!

    Posted by: Ebony Prancer | Jun 20, 2013 1:45:11 PM

  20. Meh. This is just fake outrage "gotcha" bullsh!t. How exactly would they have handled it, kicked the old lady in the cooch and get her arrested for a hate crime? And since she said she was voting for "the dyke" it doesn't even seem to be a matter of prejudice as much as un-PC language. Old people use old words, get over it. I had to correct my 82 year old mom for using "colored" recently, and she voted for the 1st time in decades for Obama.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 20, 2013 1:48:49 PM

  21. well he did say something. i dunno. as long as he isn't actually homophobic i wouldn't take this as a slight.

    Posted by: NE1 | Jun 20, 2013 1:57:53 PM

  22. The more Democratic politicians in New York oppose Anthony Weiner, the stronger the case for his election will be. In terms of this specific issue, his statement was totally reasonable under the circumstances, as this was an old woman caught in a generation of intolerance. He was firm without being cruel. Further, she apologized. Mr. Weiner would make a good mayor for the majority of New Yorkers.

    Posted by: Charles | Jun 20, 2013 2:03:19 PM

  23. Yeah. Let's kill the old lady! Let's kill Weiner! This is the biggest deal ever! He should have been totally prepared for this situation. He should have responded with a disquisition on diversity and tolerance. Let's start an intensive Internet campaign in response to a random remark by a random old lady on the street and a less-than-perfect response to said random remark. Let's make this a national news story. Better yet, why don't we turn this into an international incident. The United Nations should get involved. Maybe send in NATO troops to restored order?

    Posted by: Vlad | Jun 20, 2013 2:10:43 PM

  24. As a native New Yorker (who moved West 50 years ago), Weiner's response strikes me as utterly reasonable given where he was talking and to whom.

    Posted by: Rich | Jun 20, 2013 2:15:25 PM

  25. God damn it!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 20, 2013 2:21:02 PM

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