Barney Frank Will Not Seek Re-Election

Nov 28, 2011 Full story: EDGE 49

Frank, 71, has represented Massachusetts' Fourth Congressional District since 1981.

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“WOOF !”

Since: Jul 11

Libertarian

#1 Nov 28, 2011
What a POS. GOOD RIDDANCE to CRAP !
Billy Ringo

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Nov 28, 2011
Frank will be nominated to the Supreme Court during Obama's second term.

His seat is a safe D seat.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#3 Nov 28, 2011
Coming from Fred, I'm sure Barney greatly appreciates the compliment.

As much as we'll miss the voice he's provided these last three decades, it is time for new voices. Good luck on your next adventure, Barney!

“WOOF !”

Since: Jul 11

Libertarian

#4 Nov 28, 2011
nhjeff wrote:
Coming from Fred, I'm sure Barney greatly appreciates the compliment.
As much as we'll miss the voice he's provided these last three decades, it is time for new voices. Good luck on your next adventure, Barney!
Oh, yeah we'll miss his voice alright. He always sounded like a drunk Buddy Hackett.
Sir Andrew

United States

#5 Nov 28, 2011
We haven't heard the last from Barney, thank goodness. There is still a great deal of advocacy for him to do as a private citizen. He is a great man and a credit to the gay community as well as to the full American community. We all owe him much thanks.

Regrettably, we also still have more to hear from the flaming idiot Fred ABQ.

“WOOF !”

Since: Jul 11

Libertarian

#6 Nov 28, 2011
Sir Andrew wrote:
We haven't heard the last from Barney, thank goodness. There is still a great deal of advocacy for him to do as a private citizen. He is a great man and a credit to the gay community as well as to the full American community. We all owe him much thanks.
Regrettably, we also still have more to hear from the flaming idiot Fred ABQ.
He is one of the WORST spokespersons a gay or lesbian AMerican could EVER have. Don't you want someone whis NOT a socialist and doesn't talki like he has a sock full of marbles in his mouth ?!

GO AWAY Barney, and leave us ALONE ! Your undesired presence has brought us enough ridicule already.
Snickers

Grove City, PA

#7 Nov 28, 2011
Good riddance, Barney! You've been a national embarrassment long enough.

Since: May 08

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#8 Nov 28, 2011
Snickers wrote:
Good riddance, Barney! You've been a national embarrassment long enough.
I do not like Barney because he is anti trans. BUT he has been an excelent congressman. he has accomplished many things that others would not have. He is wonderful for the Gau and Lesbians, he just does not understand transpeople.

but then nobody does. Simply put it is a woman born in a mans body or a man born in a womans body. Even many transperson do not understand it. For much of their life they try and act the role they were dealt, many failing and becoming suicide stats. Some just are so messed up they get committed by relatives.

There have alway been trans persons, it is really a form of intersex, but no one can put themselves in a position to understand that. They chock it up as just a perversion. someone who likes to dress as a woman, no one notices that there are far more women dressing as men, they are just not given any thought. A woman in pants, with a zipper int he front, a mans shirt, just comfort, a man in a dress, my gawd what is that.

Barney will be missed but not his intolerance of trans persons. Strange for a gay man to have such fear and prejudges.

“Tea Parties Work”

Since: Nov 09

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#9 Nov 28, 2011
GOODBYE
Tony Perkin s Merkin

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Nov 28, 2011
pauline 2 wrote:
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I do not like Barney because he is anti trans.
He proposed a law which left out trans people for tactical reasons - because he thought he could get it passed that way but not in a form which did offer "t" protections - and he was promptly met with a storm of outrage from the left and put forth a fully inclusive bill the next time...which is still awaiting successful passage.

While I think it was an error it didn't mean he was anti trans. It meant his tactics were debatable. It was his intention to then expand that ENDA to include trans people in the next cycle, except even the more restrictive version didn't pass, as I said.
Tony Perkin s Merkin

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Nov 28, 2011
Palin Fan Forever wrote:
GOODBYE
Speaking of leaving the political scene, any more unplanned pregnancies in the Palin klan since we last heard from the tundra talibangelical on a national political stage?

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#12 Nov 28, 2011
pauline 2 wrote:
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I do not like Barney because he is anti trans.
I suspect you refer to his betrayal in supporting ENDA several years ago while it excluded protections for transsexuals. On the other hand, he had a transgender chief of staff. I think you way overstate your case in accusing him of being anti-trans.
He is wonderful for the Gau and Lesbians, he just does not understand transpeople.
but then nobody does.
On that, I agree with you. But I think we need to give partial credit for trying.

“Live and let live”

Since: Apr 08

New Orleans

#13 Nov 28, 2011
Ole' Sabertooth has finally decided to retire...

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#16 Nov 29, 2011
Palin Fan Forever wrote:
GOODBYE
That's EXACTLY what we said to Sister Sarah. Were IS she, by the way? I haven't heard a PEEP out of her in a month. Talk about an ANNOYING voice! Silence is golden.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#17 Nov 29, 2011
Tony Perkin s Merkin wrote:
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Speaking of leaving the political scene, any more unplanned pregnancies in the Palin klan since we last heard from the tundra talibangelical on a national political stage?
The last I heard, the son got his girl friend knocked up. One thing you can say about the Palins...they are fertile and LOVE to drop their pants for non spouses! That's actually two things, but who's counting?

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#18 Nov 29, 2011
Fred ABQ wrote:
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He is one of the WORST spokespersons a gay or lesbian AMerican could EVER have. Don't you want someone whis NOT a socialist and doesn't talki like he has a sock full of marbles in his mouth ?!
GO AWAY Barney, and leave us ALONE ! Your undesired presence has brought us enough ridicule already.
Really? then I am SURE you will just LOVE Ahn Cao (la.)
Mary Bono Mack (Ca)
Ilean Ros-Lehtinen (Fl)
David Drier (Ca0
Travis Childers (Mis)
Trent Franks (Az)
Patrick Henry (NC)
Dana Rohrback (Ca)
Aaron Schock (Il)
Adrian Smith (Nev)
Those are the ones who are semi anti gay. The heavy hitters include:
John Culberson (Tx)
Dan Luhngren (Ca)
Paul Born (Ga)
Lynn Westmorland (Ga)
Trent Frank (Az)
Eric Cantor (Va)
Pete Hoehstin (Mis)
Thaddeus McCotter (Min)

I can't wait to see how supportive THEY all are to gay rights in the future, can you?

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#19 Nov 29, 2011
Tony Perkin s Merkin wrote:
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He proposed a law which left out trans people for tactical reasons - because he thought he could get it passed that way but not in a form which did offer "t" protections - and he was promptly met with a storm of outrage from the left and put forth a fully inclusive bill the next time...which is still awaiting successful passage.
While I think it was an error it didn't mean he was anti trans. It meant his tactics were debatable. It was his intention to then expand that ENDA to include trans people in the next cycle, except even the more restrictive version didn't pass, as I said.
Barney has spoken to many with the promise that no man in a dress will ever be allowed in a womans restroom. More than once.

His aid Joe Solmanese, talked often about how trans people should give them money, and each time a bill came up, he saw to it that trans people were left out of it.

If anyone looks to the history of the first GLBT rights law in Minnesota they will see that the trans people said its better to get the law for the GL people and come back for the Trans, Well the GL decided there was more to unity than just one group laying down and stepping away from the battle, with such unity Minnesota became the first to have full rights for all the GLBT community. Which is word for word copied by over half the States today.

HRC talked the talk, but decided that the trans community was best served under the bus.

I respect Barney, but I do not agree with him on everything, and he is afraid of transpersons. And it may well be the only thing he is afraid of.

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#20 Nov 29, 2011
nhjeff wrote:
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I suspect you refer to his betrayal in supporting ENDA several years ago while it excluded protections for transsexuals. On the other hand, he had a transgender chief of staff. I think you way overstate your case in accusing him of being anti-trans.
<quoted text>
On that, I agree with you. But I think we need to give partial credit for trying.
I did give him credit where credit was due. I also condemn when condemnation is due.
He has been a very vocal and represents his district better than others, and he is a national player as well. He is leaving because of some redistricting, maybe he should conceder the Senate, I said when Kennedy died he should have been appointed to fill his term. the present candidate is not going to make it and it will be another 7 years till Brown is out.

The only way any Representative does the right thing is when his constituents tell him when he is wrong. And Barney is wrong on Trans rights.

His state is much better on it than he is.
Billy Ringo

Brooklyn, NY

#21 Nov 29, 2011
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>The last I heard, the son got his girl friend knocked up. One thing you can say about the Palins...they are fertile and LOVE to drop their pants for non spouses! That's actually two things, but who's counting?
The Clampetts of Wasilla call that "family values". Back here in civilization, it's called statuatory rape.
Tony Perkins Merkin

Bethlehem, PA

#22 Nov 29, 2011
pauline 2 wrote:
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HRC talked the talk, but decided that the trans community was best served under the bus.
I respect Barney, but I do not agree with him on everything, and he is afraid of transpersons. And it may well be the only thing he is afraid of.
The only main problem with your post is that Barney then re introduced ENDA with the "t".

Posters here admitted Barney got it wrong (for tactical reasons.) So did he. By correcting the error. What the hell do you want?

I think you're totally unrealistic on this issue and very right wing on others. An odd mix.

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