I have not received an apology. I thought this so-called apology, which I haven’t received but which was made public, had the air of being a defensive move on his part… made only in service of his attempt to get the nomination.
If [his original comment] were made today, it would be clearly disqualifying.”
Former U.S. Ambassador James Hormel, responding to Chuck Hagel’s apology for stating in 1998 that “aAmbassadorial posts are sensitive…and I think it is an inhibiting factor to be… openly aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel to do a better job.”
Source: Washington Post