Chair Joe M Barbuto's Statement on Senator Mike Enzi

WDP Chair Joe M Barbuto’s Statement on Senator Mike Enzi



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.”   


Courtesy of the Equality State Policy Center