WDP Chair Joe M Barbuto’s Statement on Senator Mike Enzi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe M Barbuto
Cheyenne, WY - Speaking at Greybull High School recently, Senator Mike Enzi was asked by a student what he does to support the LGBTQ community in Wyoming. He responded by stating “the guy who wears a tutu to the bar and is surprised when he is treated differently... [is] asking for it.”
These comments have been confirmed by several eyewitnesses and Senator Enzi’s Press Secretary as well.
In response, Wyoming Democratic Party Chair Joe M Barbuto has released the following statement:
“Senator Enzi’s comment was not just inappropriate, it was ugly and indicative of a kind of backwards thinking that has no place in today’s society. It only makes matters worse that his remark was made to a group of young students. Let me be clear: no one deserves or is asking to be punished for simply being who they are. The Senator should already know that.
At the very least, Senator Enzi owes an apology -- to the student whose question solicited the response, to the LGBTQ community, and his constituents. Regardless of party affiliation, most of us can agree that such a comment is hardly reflective of Wyoming values. And if the Senator really feels that way, that a person is ‘asking for it’ by being themselves, perhaps it’s time for him and voters to reevaluate whether that sort of mindset really belongs in the United States Senate.”