Right now James Hormel isn't putting much stock into Chuck Hagel's apology.
In 1998 when Hormel was nominated to be the US ambassador to Luxembourg, he earned the ire of the then senator.
'Ambassadorial posts are sensitive,' Hagel said to the Omaha World Herald in 1998. 'They are representing America. They are representing our lifestyles, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be — openly aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel — to do a better job.'