Representative Barney Frank On Foley and Studds
Here is a little history on Barney Frank’s previous trouble in 1985 from Conservative Voice:
…When I discovered, with a bit of research, that Mark Foley was 52 years old and had never been married, I figured that this was a veiled accusation of a homosexual relationship of some sort, such as Massachusett’s Representative Barney Frank’s scandal of 1985 when the congressman answered an ad placed in a Washington, D.C. homosexual paper, the Washington Blade, by Stephen Gobie, a male prostitute. Gobie became Barney Frank’s live-in sexual companion, and was soon running a male prostitution ring from Barney Frank’s condo.
At the time, in spite of their liberal bias, even Massachusetts newspapers urged Barney Frank to resign. Of course he didn’t, and, in fact, should the Democrats take back control of Congress, Barney Frank, a 25 year incumbent, will become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. His plans are to take your tax dollars in a very different direction. He wants a lot more money for subsidized housing, less money for national security. This would have an economic impact by putting a damper on the real estate market and provide less money for military needs.
Now, here is Barney Frank on the Mark Foley scandal:
The hypocrisy of the Republicans is that they have more concern for a gay man who misbehaves than for fair treatment of gays who don’t misbehave. They told him to stop, but I think it was like they didn’t want to know. It was wishful thinking—they were hoping the problem would just go away. Maybe there were gay Republicans who were afraid of what would happen if any of this got attention. Hushing it up was better.
“From his days in the early 1970s as an articulate and effective opponent of the Vietnam War, through his consistent leadership on environmental issues, to his insistence that the U.S. government stop ignoring the AIDS crisis, Gerry was a forceful advocate for causes that were not always popular and that were consistently shunned by many politicians.”
Gerry Studds, of course, was censured by the House for having inappropriate relations with a 17 year old page.