ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul city councilman is apologizing for a leaked, derogatory email sent by an assistant that referred to a local businessman as “that gay guy.”

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the email was sent by Barb Benson, the longtime executive assistant to St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune.

She was referring to Bill Hosko, who has run against Thune twice and plans to do so again.

Hosko, who is gay, says he’s concerned the email reflects an attitude of prejudice in Thune’s office. He’s calling for Benson’s resignation.

Thune says he has called Hosko to apologize. He wouldn’t comment on the email beyond saying that it doesn’t reflect his feelings.

He says the city’s human resources department is looking into the matter.

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Comments (11)
  1. Victim Du Jour says:

    “That Gay Guy”? That’s it?

    It only bothers people who have a politically convenient inferiority complex.

  2. Human Resources says:

    Bill Hosko, if you are gay, than this is a non-issue. Now, if she would have used a derogatory term, then you may have a case. Barb Benson did the right thing and apologized, so get out of here…………..

  3. Davve says:

    Investigate Dave Thune.worth more than talking Bill Hosko

  4. hmm says:

    Let’s say the office has 15 people in it and you don’t know any of their names. If you say “that gay guy” and the person is openly gay, most likely people will know who you’re talking about.

  5. Phid says:

    I am hardly a fan of Dave Thune, but the email is a non-issue.

  6. St Paul citizen says:

    Agree this is a non-issue. Thune has been an advocate for GLBTQ community for a long time – coauthored St Pauls Human Rights/Anti Discrimination ordinance. Many people have accidentally hit “reply all”. Focus on more pressing issues, please.

  7. twinsfan11 says:

    This is clearly a mistake by the aide, not Thune. Hosko seems desperate for _any_ publicity.

  8. taxessuck says:

    Must be a slow news day. Reply All – I too have been a victim of this surly beast. Investigate Reply All.

  9. VWgal83 says:

    Really? Why not report on something positive in St. Paul, like the revitalization Dave Thune has helped bring to the West 7th community. The brewery deal was just finalized, wasnt it??

  10. Gay In.....Gay out...Gay In...Gay out... says:

    This person should be charged with a “Federal Hate Crime”……stating “That gay guy” is a hateful thing….Oh those silly Gay guys…….