Barney Frank on Jared Polis’ Colorado Primary Win

PolisMassachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is optimistic about the likely election of out gay Colorado entrepreneur Jared Polis to Congress this November and says its a signal of changes in society at large:

“We are reaching that point where among Democratic voters sexual orientation of a candidate is not a factor.”

He also joked that he’s glad about it for more personal reasons, and plans to start publicly smoking cigars again: “I can start indulging some bad habits. Let the young gay people find someone else to emulate.”


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Could this mean that Colorado could possibly turn “blue” in November? If it does, then, baby, we’re on our historical way!

  2. Mr. E says

    Barny, please don’t thinks so highly of your self, because I certainly don’t! It’s time there are PROGRESSIVE gays in the govt. You, know, ones who would consider fighting for T rights as well as GL and B.

  3. Rad says

    We love Barney here in New England! What a wonderful Statesman.

    And as Freud said “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

  4. yoshi says

    @Mr. E

    Who says Barney wasn’t fighting for rights for “T”? Oh that rights – because he took the pragmatic approach and decided to push through a bill that would actually pass instead of a bill would never pass. Thus denying rights to millions of americans because of a radical few who can see pass their ideology.

    Saying that – Barney, Kennedy, Spectre, etc are all poster boys for why we need term limits in this country.

  5. Mr. E says


    What planet are you on? Pragmatic? Please! Bush said he would veto ANY form the ENDA took. Gay and Trans or just gay. Period. Even the current version wont pass. So there was NO pragmatism on Barny’s part. Pure transphobia is what it was… and still is.

  6. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED says

    Barney the Quisling finally got it. He says “We are reaching that point where among Democratic voters sexual orientation of a candidate is not a factor.”

    Too bad it was a factor for the Quisling when he gutted ENDA and when he and the other Democrats refused to repeal Clintons DADT and DOMA but somehow had the energy to toss the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill in the dumpster.

    Too bad it’s a factor for Barak Obama who won’t shut up about his bigoted position on same sex marriage; he keeps repeating it over and over. Obama wants to keep the 43%-34% lead over McCain in support from christianists. That’s why he ordered the platform committee to omit all references to Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transsexual/transgendered people.

    The problem with Obama’s pandering, from his infamous revival meetings with Donnie McKulkin to the deleting our names is that if its astonishingly successful – 43% to 34% – then it acquires a life of its own. The pandering tactic is now a strategy and if he wins because of it that’ll be very bad news for us.

    With Democrats like these who needs Republicans?