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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

News Report: Wisconsin Senator Confronts Alderman at City Hall about Anti-Gay Remarks

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WISCONSIN SENATOR CONFRONTS MILWAUKEE ALDERMAN AT CITY HALL ABOUT ANTI-GAY REMARKS


Wednesday, Feb. 23 ‹
A Wisconsin State Senator publicly confronted a city of Milwaukee alderman today about comments the alderman made that disparaged gay men.

State Senator Tim Carpenter, who is openly gay, interrupted Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee Jr. during a press conference McGee held at City Hall.

Last week at a rally, McGee said, "Any man that would pull another man's pants down is a straight-up sick faggot." McGee made the comments to criticize off-duty police officers suspected of being involved in a hate crime against a black man.

Carpenter said he tried to reach McGee during the week to discuss McGee¹s comments but McGee would not return his calls. Carpenter said he felt McGee should have been willing to discuss his remarks with him because they are both elected officials.

To avoid Carpenter, McGee fled to an office and told Carpenter he was not permitted to enter. Carpenter waited with a receptionist, demanding to see McGee, until two police officers escorted him away.

Other Milwaukee aldermen have urged McGee to apologize for his comments.

McGee had planned the news conference Wednesday to reveal what he called Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's office¹s "shameful" ties to the city's black community. A spokesperson for Barrett said the mayor had no idea what McGee was referring to.

A spokesperson in  McGee¹s office said McGee would "probably not" meet with his gay and lesbian constituents to  address his anti-gay comments.


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