Comment Made at McCain Rally "You can have your Tiger Woods. We've got Senator McCain,"
4/10/2008 5:31:18 PM Batavia resident and Iraq war veteran and author David Bellavia says he's not apologizing for comments he made at a rally for Senator John McCain.
"You can have your Tiger Woods. We've got Senator McCain," is the comment he made that some are now calling racist.
At the very least, Canisius College political analyst says it makes you wonder what he meant.
"You had to think what was he trying to say here?" Kevin Hardwick asked. "Obviously you think race because Barack Obama and Tiger Woods are obviously these guys of mixed race."
According to Bellavia, that's far from what he was trying to say. In a phone interview Thursday, Bellavia said he was talking about heroes and who children should choose to admire.
"My children will emulate and admire people who risk their lives in the duty of their profession," Bellavia explained. "Soldiers like John McCain, firemen, policemen, not sports figures and celebrities. That's where I used Tiger Wood's name."
Buffalo Pastor Darius Pridgen says he was initially shocked by the comments; but, upon further review, he says they were insensitive, not racist. At the same time, Pridgen doesn't buy Bellavia's explanation.
"I think he's just trying to explain away the obvious. That you linked up black heroes. Why didn't he call out any other name?" Pridgen questioned.
Bellavia, who's planning to run for Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) seat, says he feels no need to apologize to anyone.
"These are so outlandish," Bellavia said. "These attacks are just absolutely bitter and quiet frankly, they're baseless." WGRZ, Buffalo, NY
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