New York City hotelier Ian Reisner posts to his Facebook page tonight:
“I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake.
“I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights.
“I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’ statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry.”
This is in response to enormous LGBT outrage over hosting a “fireside chat” with virulently anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz in Reisner’s home a week ago.
I call absolute bullshit. Reisner and Weiderpass are multi-millionaires who makes informed decisions every day. As out businessmen catering to the LGBT community, no less. Bullshit.
The furor in the LGBT community has caused several cancellations at Reisner’s Manhattan hotel, The Out NYC.