Georgetown Lake residents react to Schweitzer comments


GEORGETOWN LAKE, Mont. - Brian Schweitzer's comments about Dianne Feinstein and Eric Cantor in the National Journal have received national attention. But in the former governor's own community of Montana, many hadn't heard anything about the flap.

Schweitzer lives near Georgetown Lake, a popular fishing and boating area.

In the National Journal, Schweitzer criticized U.S. Senator Feinstein's relationship with intelligence agencies, and said she had her "skirt up over her knees, and now was trying to play like she was a nun."

He questioned House Majority Leader Cantor's sexuality. He said Cantor pegged at "60 to 70 percent" on Schweitzer's "gaydar."

We found a good many people in Schweitzer's community didn't even know about the comments.

It is common knowledge the lake area is home to Montana's popular former governor. But here, he's just a neighbor.

If his comments angered many on the national front, the story didn't seem to be getting a lot of attention at the lake.

"I've been fishing," said William Robinson of Polson. "So we haven't paid attention to the news for a few days."

NBC Montana drove the entire shoreline of Georgetown Lake. We talked to at least 15 people, and not one of them had heard about Schweitzer's comments.

Jonathan Richards came to the lake from Butte. He hadn't heard about the controversy.

But he did say, he thought it was "extremely inappropriate, especially the gaydar. I don't think that's right to say about anyone ever."

Mike Marjamaa came to the lake with his family. He hadn't heard anything about the flap. But he said being called "less masculine" would be offensive to many men."We're all created equal," he said.

Monie Hinson was fishing at the lake. "I think it's a Montana comment coming from a typical male," said Hinson.

Hinson said she liked Schweitzer. But she said she's not sure she would vote for him again. She is neither Democrat nor Republican, and thinks the comments could hurt any presidential bids.

But some at the lake said they didn't think the comments would have that long of a life.

NBC Montana left phone messages with the former governor and even went to his house to find no answer. Schweitzer did issue an apology on Facebook.