Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez was asked by a group of reporters on June 27 about Obama's decision to nominate James "Wally" Brewster, who had been a top Obama campaign bundler, for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. "From the United States, we can expect anything," Rodriguez replied, adding pointedly that the U.S. government was trying to "push forward its agenda" in selecting Brewster for the position, according to The Huffington Post's translation of the Spanish-language video.
Rodriguez, who is also the Archbishop of Santo Domingo, the largest city in the country, was then asked about Haiti's recent ban on Dominican poultry products.
"We jumped from faggots and lesbians then? We're jumping to chickens now?" Rodriguez said.
On Friday, The Associated Press reported that another religious leader in the Dominican Republic, the Rev. Cristobal Cardozo, had called Brewster's nomination "an insult to good Dominican customs."
Brewster, who is a senior managing partner at a Chicago consulting firm, must still have his nomination confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
James "Wally" Brewster, an Obama re-election fundraiser and top Chicago consultant, was nominated by President Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a move that has stirred controversy in the Latin American nation.
(Hat tip, BuzzFeed and Eleazer Melendez for translating the video)
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