Bob Hugin on Civil Rights
Robert Hugin (R): Yes.
Robert Menendez (D): Yes.
Sally Frank was denied access and, in 1979, sued for women to be able to join. Even though the clubs eventually opened up to women, the case kept going until 1992 when two clubs, including the Tiger Inn, paid legal fees to the group representing Frank. Hugin, who was in his late 30s at that time, called Frank's efforts "politically correct fascism."
Hugin expressed regret for opposing those efforts and his comments from 1992. "If I could go back in time, I would not use those words," Hugin said. "It was a mistake and I take responsibility for that. Everyone evolves over time."
"The Tiger Inn becoming co-ed was a very positive development," Hugin said. "The decision to admit women back in the early '90s was without question the right thing to do. Personally, I wish I had taken a leadership role in making it happen sooner."
Hugin said that he's evolved on this issue, largely citing his children's "insight on the issues of equality and fairness."
"I'm proud to say that my views are a lot different than they were 40 years ago," Hugin said. "Personal growth should be seen as a strength, and more elected officials should embrace and be open to discussing it in their public lives."
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