RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Mike Easley endorsed presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today in a ceremony on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Easley said there was “nothing I love more than a strong powerful woman,” and said Clinton’s campaigning “makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy.”
The “pansy” remark has gotten the Governor in quite a bit of a mess, as activists and bloggers spent the day taking the traditionally Democratic-controlled state’s top leader to task on his use of a gay slur.
John Aravosis of AMERICAblog outlined dictionary definitions of the word, which describe it as a “disparaging term for a man or boy who is considered effeminate” or a “disparaging term for a homosexual man.”
Durham, N.C., blogger Pam Spaulding of PamsHouseBlend.com noted Easley’s past support of an anti-gay marriage amendment in the state and scolded Clinton for not saying anything about the “pansy” remark.
“Note that Hillary, who was right there with the NC gov, said nothing about his remark,” she wrote in a blog post. “Of course Easley infamously received the endorsement of Equality NC in his re-election bid, then in a debate said he’d sign a marriage amendment if it hit his desk, so why should we be surprised. And who is Hillary trying to court here — the ‘traditional Southern conservative.’ Take the homo money and run, as it were.”
The Democratic-controlled North Carolina House of Representatives has staved off the constitutional ban on marriage recognition for three years in a row. Recently, the state also expanded hospital visitation rights to same-sex couples.
Both the Clinton campaign and Governor’s Press Office were contacted by Q-Notes for comment. Neither returned our request.
Read Editor Matt Comer’s take on the situation at his staff blog, InsideSource