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Biography: Barney Frank Hopes for Obama Cabinet Position

Barney Frank wants to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, according to a new biography:

Barneyfrank "He first wants to pass more legislation on affordable housing, saying, 'I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can get the federal government back in the housing business.' No president has ever appointed an openly gay man or woman to the Cabinet.  [Stuart] Weisberg, who used to work for Frank on Capitol Hill, spent five years on his authoritative book, titled Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman. He interviewed over 150 people, including compiling 30 hours of interviews with Frank."

Also, "One of the most riveting parts of the book is Frank’s recollection of his ethics scandal, when he paid a male prostitute for sex. Various media outlets called for Frank to resign, but he persevered by admitting his mistakes and asking the ethics committee to investigate him in 1989. Many Republicans, including then-Rep. Larry Craig (Idaho), called for serious sanctions against Frank, who was ultimately reprimanded by the House, 408-18. (California Democratic Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman both voted against the measure.) The following year, a Republican challenger to Frank’s seat — described as 'not the smartest person in the district' — called on Frank to take an AIDS test and reveal the results publicly. Frank replied that he would do so if his GOP challenger would take an IQ test and release it to the public."

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  1. Seriously, America is going off the rails, and this tool is one of the reasons. What every happened to moderate Democrats? Bring back CLINTON!

    Posted by: Freddy | Sep 8, 2009 10:43:58 AM


  2. The current President will never appoint a gay person to the cabinet because that would upset all his replican supporters.

    Posted by: Akbar | Sep 8, 2009 11:28:17 AM


  3. America may be rumbling on its rails after 8 years of negligence underBush-Cheney. But Barney would be a wonderful addition to the cabinet...smart, studious, and unafraid to speak truth to Republican hucksters and be an advocate for the little guy. The fact that he is gay and proud of it make it even better.

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Sep 8, 2009 11:46:10 AM


  4. 'I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can get the federal government back in the housing business.'

    Um, if there's anything the past few years have taught us it's that when the government gets in the housing business, disaster is sure to follow. Way to not learn from your mistakes Barney.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 8, 2009 3:52:26 PM


  5. No wonder creepy Frank is hiding from the Equality March.

    Posted by: JT | Sep 8, 2009 3:56:19 PM


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