Chuck Hagel Had a Big Problem With ‘Aggressively Gay’ Nominee in 1998

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WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel speaks during the 2010 Atlantic Council awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chuck Hagel Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

As somebody who does not want Chuck Hagel to be the next Defense secretary apparently alerted Buzzfeed, Hagel, in 1998, opposed the nomination of gay philanthropist James Hormel as the ambassador to Luxembourg because, he explained, "I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay — openly aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel — to do an effective job." For those of you keeping score at home, "aggressively gay" is one step below "militant homosexuality" and one step above "kinda gay."