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Brian Schweitzer Apologizes For Saying Eric Cantor Sets Off His 'Gaydar'

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 06:  Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 06: Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC, which concludes today, nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) apologized Thursday for telling a reporter that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) strikes him as "effeminate" and sets off his "gaydar."

The former governor, who has hinted that he's weighing a 2016 presidential bid, expressed regrets for his "stupid" remarks on his Facebook page:

While discussing Cantor's recent primary loss in an interview with National Journal's Marin Cogan, Schweitzer made some eyebrow-raising remarks about the Virginia Republican. Cogan reports:

Last week, I called him on the night Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his GOP primary. "Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this ... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, "They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he's not, I think, so I don't know. Again, I couldn't care less. I'm accepting.")

He also offered an off-color comment about Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), prompting Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) to call Schweitzer a "sexist scumbag."

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