Biography: Barney Frank Hopes for Obama Cabinet Position
Barney Frank wants to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, according to a new biography:
"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."