In a slew of Facebook posts that received hundreds of comments, La Grande, Oregon's Mayor Daniel Pokorney blasted Washington for turning into "Sodom and Gomorrah" after adopting marriage equality, and called same-sex couples "an abomination." Days later and he's on an apology tour, attempting to atone and remove the smear he placed on La Grande's reputation. Details follow.
Speaking in front of a concerned audience at Eastern Oregon University, Mayor Pokorney apologized.
“I sincerely apologize for my choice of words in the two Facebook posts last week. My choice of words was harmful and hurtful,” he said. “I don’t hate anyone. My intent was not to be hurtful, but to express myself on important issues. I understand there is a right way and a wrong way to address the issues."
Though those in the audience surely appreciated the apology, most were concerned about La Grande's reputation following what many deemed the mayor's "hate speech." (Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels comes to mind.)
“I was very offended and sorry to see our city was being represented in such a hateful light," a former EOU student told Mayor Pokorney.
The alumna's sentiment was echoed by current student Michael Cooper. "I appreciate the apology, but when I look at the mayor of La Grande, I see the representation of La Grande."
Pokorney did his best to follow up to the criticisms, wrapping up the appearance by saying, "I would never do anything to intentionally bring a bad light to our city. I apologize for my choice of words and thank you for a great discussion."
Do you think La Grande's Mayor has done enough to atone, Instincters?
(Source: La Grande Observer)