December 8, 2009 |
Liberal Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts endorsed Rep. Joe Sestak's primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter yesterday, becoming the first member of Congress to back the insurgent Pennsylvania candidate. Specter, a 28-year senator who became a Democrat in April, has the support of President Obama, Gov. Rendell, and national and state party leaders in his bid for a sixth term. Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called Sestak a "true Democrat" and said he valued Sestak's leadership on economic and military issues.
September 23, 1989 |
This is what it must have been like to be in Jim Wright's district, or in Tony Coelho's. The scandal this time is starring Barney Frank, the guy from your own district, the Fourth District of Massachusetts. The story breaks like an accident report, a political sea disaster. Steve Gobie, a hooker at the helm, opens up a leak the size of the hole in the Valdez and pours oil, 100 percent crude, over Barney Frank's reputation. Frank had hired the prostitute. The prostitute had used Frank's apartment to ply his trade.
February 22, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actress Jennifer Aniston; comic Jay Larson; Ron and Amy Shirley. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Paul Rudd; John Witherspoon; Heartless Bastards. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Tim Allen; Rocket City Rednecks; Jessie Baylin. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Jessica Alba; Rep. Barney Frank; Nathan Myhrvold; Tower of Power performs.
September 4, 1989 |
Whenever a discussion over the private lives of public figures has come up, I have pointed to Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.) as an example of the virtue of full disclosure. A powerful public figure with a private life he or she tried to keep secret is a tempting target for blackmail, I'd argue - much to the distress of some readers whose maximum volubility and minimal literacy led them to conclude that I aspired to be the Torquemada of my generation. But look at Barney Frank, I'd say. When he acknowledged his homosexuality, he rendered himself immune to the threat of blackmail; he could hold any job in the country.
July 27, 1990 |
They bellowed and snarled at each other. Eyeballs bulged, necks turned red. They shouted such epithets as "garbage" and "homophobic. " Decorum went to hell when sex came out of the closet in the House of Representatives. If such ghosts as Daniel Webster, Henry Clay or John Calhoun had returned, those 19th-century giants would have gaped in astonishment at the bedlam. But in their era of mutton-chop sideburns, brass spittoons and morning coats, gentlemen did not publicly wrangle over sexual preferences.
February 10, 1995 |
Until Rep. Dick Armey referred to Barney Frank as "Barney Fag," I had a good impression of the new majority leader. Compared to the doctrinaire speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Armey seemed a thoughtful if somewhat laconic sort, carefully choosing his words to convey his considered beliefs. Armey protested that his comment was merely a slip of the tongue, a mispronunciation requiring no "psychoanalysis about my subliminal or about my Freudian predilections. " Those are carefully chosen words, but I, as a gay man, shudder to think that anyone was convinced by them.
June 11, 1989 |
Two years ago, when Rep. Barney Frank decided to acknowledge his homosexuality, he assumed some Republicans would try to use it against him and his party. He wasn't wrong. Suddenly, Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, became a favorite target of Republicans. Usually they were content to call him an "ultraliberal. " But not always. Three months ago, Rep. Chuck Douglas (R., N.H.), speaking from six weeks' experience in the House, used Frank's sexual preference as a way of ridiculing the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee.
September 26, 1989 |
So the Democratic party is afraid it's being shamed by Barney Frank; and worse than that, Congress too. House Minority leader Robert Michel says Frank's problems are "becoming a stain upon the House of Representatives. " There are those, some of them liberals speaking more in sorrow than in anger, who are suggesting that Frank resign his seat in the House. Gimme a break. Frank is a brilliant, articulate, very funny liberal congressman from Massachusetts who, about two years ago, announced to the world he was a homosexual, a revelation which did not prevent him from being returned to office by his blue-collar, Roman Catholic district by a healthy margin.
July 21, 1990 |
The House ethics committee yesterday announced its recommendation that Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.) be reprimanded, making him the latest lawmaker to face discipline by a Congress increasingly intent on cleaning up the behavior of its members. The panel unanimously recommended that Frank, an acknowledged homosexual, be reprimanded for actions he took on behalf of male prostitute Stephen L. Gobie. Rep. Julian C. Dixon (D., Calif.), chairman of the ethics panel, said the 12-member committee voted unanimously to recommend that Frank be reprimanded on allegations that he fixed 33 parking tickets for Gobie with District of Columbia authorities and that he misled a Virginia state's attorney in a memo seeking favorable treatment for Gobie in a probation proceeding.
October 4, 1989 |
When I arrived at my office that day, I had more than a dozen messages on my desk from television, newspaper and magazine reporters. Every call was about Barney Frank. In what apparently passes for investigative journalism these days, each reporter started by telling me he or she had spent the morning watching "Geraldo," in which prostitute Steve Gobie recounted his adventures with Congressman Frank. All had been told to do a story that day about the continuing Frank saga, geared to the "Geraldo" episode and the cover story on Frank in Newsweek, doing its best imitation of The National Enquirer.