Barney Frank Strongly Opposes Chuck Hagel For Defense Secretary

FrankHagelOutgoing Congressman Barney Frank wants to make clear before he leaves Washingnton that he’s completely against President Obama nominating former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next Defense Secretary.

From Frank’s office:

Then-Senator Hagel’s aggressively bigoted opposition to President Clinton’s naming the first openly gay Ambassador in U.S. history was not, as Sen. Hagel now claims, an aberration.  He voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people and there does not seem to be any evidence prior to his effort to become Secretary of Defense of any apology or retraction of his attack on James Hormel.  And to those of us who admire and respect Mr. Hormel, Sen. Hagel’s description of him as aggressive can only mean that the Senator strongly objected to Hormel’s reasoned, civil advocacy for LGBT people.

I cannot think of any other minority group in the U.S. today where such a negative statement and action made in 1998 would not be an obstacle to a major Presidential appointment.

The more you know.


  1. Maguita says

    Thank the Universe for the likes of Barney Frank! One of the very-very few politicians in America still equipped with both INTEGRITY AND BALLS.
    Happy New Year to all the Towleroaders.

  2. John Vermillion says

    Mr. Hagel’s attitude toward Mr. Hormel really was reprehensible. There needs to be long-term consequences for homophobic garbage like that, commensurate with the damage it does.

  3. says

    A sane voice for once coming from the respected political arena. As an openly gay man Barney Frank knows full well the hate and destruction gay bigotry can cause on a gay person’s life and well-being. Those who say, “well, he apologized…” are wrong. Hagel will always be a gay bigot, you’re not going to change that. Open the door and let him in to a position of power where he can quietly destroy more gay lives is something he will do, despite his claims otherwise.

    We should all encourage the powers that be to seek and appoint Barney Frank on an interim appointment to replace John Kerry. Massachusetts needs Barney Frank in the Senate. Obama may have made a big mistake wanting Kerry to replace Hillary but we shouldn’t make the mistake of allowing Barney Frank moving on to the Senate. He would be of enormous value to the gay community.

  4. Isaac says

    Barney Frank is right and what the hell is wrong with our president floating another republican for defense secretary? Why can’t or why doesn’t he appoint one from his own party? Republicans are terrible at defense and consistently raise spending on the biggest entitlement program of them all, defense.

  5. Earn my Votes says

    Barney Frank is the first influential gay politician to speak for me. Thank you. We voted for Obama – not to be taken for granted or to be steamrolled into supporting someone that has a pathetic record on gay rights. Would Obama dare appoint someone who once supported the Klan but apologized just when it appeared that he was in running for a very important cabinet post? Not even Republicans would dare nominate anyone with such an obviously hateful record on race. Why should the LGBT community – which was especially instrumental in the election of Obama now play dead. I am glad for Barney Frank, but a bit disgusted by our so-called “liberal democratic” allies who expect us to fall in line like zombies. We should matter as much after elections as before. You wanted our vote – now earn it.

  6. Michael Bedwell says

    So WHY the hell are HRC—who gave Hagel a ZERO rating when he was a Senator—and OS-SLDN clapping for Hagel’s nom like trained seals? In a word; LAPDOGS!

  7. Robert Naiman says

    Barney Frank? Integrity? I don’t think so. Here’s Barney Frank *twelve days ago* speaking *in favor* of Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense:

    [Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who is Jewish, said he did not object to what has become one big point of contention about Hagel: an allusion to the “Jewish lobby,” in reference to advocates for Israel in Congress and elsewhere.
    “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having Portuguese lobbies, Jewish lobbies, Greek lobbies,” Frank said. “I think he’d be very good. … You need someone intelligent to help cut that budget.”]

    What changed about Hagel’s remarks in 1998 in the last 12 days to make them more egregious? Nothing. This is about the Israel lobby, not gay rights. Shame on you, Barney Frank.

  8. andrew says

    I respect Barney Frank and applaud his good work as a congressman, but disagree with him on the possible Hagel nomination to be Sec of Defense. Hagel’s strong points outweigh his past opposition to LGBT equality. On Defense and foreign policy issues it has been said that “Hagel is Obama with a war record”. He was wounded in the Vietnam War and now wants to see the U.S. only use its military as a last resort. The Neocons “chicken hawks” oppose him because although they never served in their nations military, they just love sending young Americans to risk their lives in needless wars. While Hagel is a strong supporter of Israel, our most important ally in the Middle East, he is not a knee jerk supporter of everything the Right wing Israeli government does. He now says that he is a supporter of “Open Service” and equal treatment for LGBT people in the military. I think we should forgive but not forget his past opposition to LGBT equality. If he becomes Sec of Defense, we should keep a close watch on how he behaves on LGBT issues.

  9. says

    @ Homo Genus… As a Gay Jew I’m proud of the contributions that young state has made to the world. No one person or no one country bats a thousand percent all of the time. Just show me why I should not love Israel… especially, since it’s the only country in that region that allows Gay Pride Parades. It is surrounded by Arab nations that are known to have public hangings of gay teens and be headings of consenting adults in town squares.

    I’m disappointed with a few of their actions politically, and I can say the same about that for Republicans here in America. I do not know how old you are… and I wonder if you have any Jewish friends… Sometimes, if you have something to say… tell the reasons why you really feel that way… so we can try to understand where you are coming from.

  10. says

    Thanks Barney for your great service to our country. I respect your opinions about gay and Jewish causes as well as the many other situations facing our country. I agree that Chuck Hagel is a bigot, and his apology comes many years too late. I’m disappointed that Obama even considered him for the defense Czar. I would like to see Senator Feinstein or Liberman for that important post. Both have distinguished themselves being on the Arm Forces committee for years.

  11. ratbastard says

    @Robert Naiman:

    THANK YOU…excellent post.

    Barney has been over-rated for a long time and is a far from clean politician. And the man is an a** in person, to boot.

    PLEASE don’t call me anti-semitic or anti-Jewish, it’s become as hackneyed as calling people racist at the drop of a hat. NO INTELLIGENT PERSON, no matter their background, falls for it. I grew up and live around in cities with many Jewish people and yes I really do have Jewish friends! I strongly dislike all organized religions, but certainly don’t randomly hate anyone because they were born into and/or are followers of [fill in the blank].

    For the record, Hagel is correct in regards to the Israel lobbying [AND SPYING] efforts in the U.S.

  12. says

    Why Chuck Hagel Should Tell Obama to Go to Hell?
    Come on girls! Homophobia is stooopid Redherring. Chuck Hagel got larger phallus than LGBT ever queered in their daydreams. Israelis will be digging their own graves if they rally to conspire to assassinate Chuck Hagel’s character as they did to Charles Freeman. Israeli in their own eyes, believe that they are the-chosen-ones, Americans are fools and the Donuthole is Gaza, they can get away with crime. In Arabspringers eyes Israel ain’t a thing but East European Urban Rejects & IRS fugitives who hijacked Judaism as hostage to extort Jews worldwide and took refuge in Auschwitz called Palestine. Henry Kissinger is Jew, said: “give those kibitzers 10 years to die”. George Soros is Jew too established Soros Fund for any Jew who will defect and flee Israel. The game is over boys! Back to Chuck Hagel; Quit nagging about USO like Tel Aviv hookers when ain’t pimped to rich parties. Chuck Hagel ain’t Anti-Semitic enough to crow about. Here’s really something that Israeli loath you to publish. Chuck Hagel is a Godsend magnet to unbury Israel rig and spam world headlines. Chuck Hagel escorted & schooled Obama during 2008 Presidential Campaign to Israel. Chuck Hagel was right when he said to Potus-to-be: “if you get to White House. Israeli Bleached N✡ ggas will need 4 years to recover”. Bleached N✡ ggas are more racist than whites simply because they ain’t wasps. Their White House Raw Model is John Wayne. Israelis need an idiot like George Bush who hired a Jewish Dumb✡sses as George Tenet for CIA, Michael Chertoff for Homeland Security, Paul Wolfowitz for Dy Assistant Secretary of Defense and many Menajahtwa Muthafukahuh to f✡ck America. Though George Bush the kid and George Bush the father gave Israel nothing compared to Egypt but Israelis are Deranged Megalomaniac Egomaniacs. Kudos.

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