Politics Craig Backed by… Barney Frank?
posted by August 30 at 13:25 PMon
I’m not sure if this helps the Senator from Idaho hang onto his job, but Barney Frank is behind him ó and tossing out great quotes as usual…
WASHINGTON - Rep. Barney Frank says embattled Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is a hypocrite on gay rights issues, but he doesnít think the Republican senator should resign.
Frankís comments, made in a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, came as some Republican lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, called on Craig to step down after being caught in a menís room undercover police operation.
But Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress and a prominent voice on gay rights, said Craig should serve out the remainder of his term. The third-term senator is up for re-election next year.
“What he did, itís hypocritical, but itís not an abuse of his office in the sense that he was taking money for corrupt votes,” said Frank, D-Mass. “I think people should resign when they have clearly done the job in a way that is dishonest.”
Added Frank: “Itís one thing to say that someone canít be trusted to vote without being corrupt, itís another to say that he canít be trusted to go to the bathroom by himself.”