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Did Bart Gordon insult you?Posted Thursday, September 24, 2009, at 10:58 AM
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, talking to Roll Call about last year's election, comments on the presidential results in Middle Tennessee.
"Obama 'seemed to be too urbane' for 6th district voters, Gordon said. 'If you're from some of those small counties, [Obama was] some guy from Chicago that speaks differently than you.'
"Gordon acknowledged that racism was also a factor in Obama's performance in the district.
"'Unfortunately, there was probably a little bit of that, but it was more just being urbane,"' Gordon said."
A potential Gordon challenger, Rutherford County GOP chair Lou Ann Zelenik, responds in a press release:
"I cannot imagine what would lead a Congressman to insult his constituents in this manner. The idea that Tennesseans vote based on race is a suggestion I reject entirely. He should immediately explain his remarks and apologize to the people of Tennessee."
Zelenik referred to his views as "elitist."
I didn't feel insulted. He was just expressing an opinion, one which I don't really agree with. But I'm not thin-skinned, either.
So...were you insulted? Do you want an apology from Gordon? Or do you agree with his assessment?
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