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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Craig Backed by… Barney Frank?

posted by on August 30 at 13:25 PM

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.

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1

Yes, serve the whole term. Don't let the people forget what kind of jerk-off (hee hee) he is.

Posted by larry | August 30, 2007 1:41 PM
2

If Vitter gets to stick around, then so should Craig.

Posted by Aexia | August 30, 2007 1:49 PM
3

great quotation!

but he can't be trusted to go to the bathroom with others, either.

Posted by infrequent | August 30, 2007 1:54 PM
4

They are playing recording of Craig's arrest interrogation right now on CNN... ugh, it's painfiul.

Posted by longball | August 30, 2007 1:55 PM
5

Of course Frank would think that Craig should serve out his term. As a good Democrat, Frank want's Craig's bloated Republican corpse festering in DC and Idaho right up to the 2008 election.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 30, 2007 2:08 PM
6

Frank's support is about as helpful as Castro's

Posted by vooodooo84 | August 30, 2007 2:15 PM
7

Barney Frank is just taking the principled stance that being gay does not by itself warrant a resignation from office.

I would expect any gay-friendly person to take the same stance.

Posted by Sean | August 30, 2007 2:16 PM
8

I admire Senator Frank. He is both a principled man and a very funny man. He is definitely near the top of my 'politicians I would want to have a drink with' list.

Posted by Ben Dover | August 30, 2007 2:24 PM
9

@7 Being gay doesn't warrant resignation. Being involved in a sex scandal doesn't warrant resignation. Being a huge fucking hypocrite about both and then getting caught does.

Posted by Gitai | August 30, 2007 2:26 PM
10

He'll just need a hall pass to use the Senate Toilets I guess. AND if he is cruising the Union Station bathrooms, well more power to him. The stench in there makes the toilet in Traispotting look absolutely endearing.

Posted by Dave Coffman | August 30, 2007 2:26 PM
11

That was Trainspotting. I'm having my post lunch coma.

Posted by Dave Coffman | August 30, 2007 2:27 PM
12

could someone explain the logistics of putting your hand under the stall divider? doesn't seem like the best angle for a handjob.

Posted by maxsolomon | August 30, 2007 2:48 PM
13

Barney Frank is a great guy, and I don't really give a shit if he is gay or not. He says what he thinks, is much more intelligent than the usual Congressidiot, and is always entertaining. So, I take him at his word. But this Potato-state asshole should burn in the special corner of Hell reserved for public demagogues and hypocrites. @5 makes an excellent point.

Posted by Former Frank Constituent | August 30, 2007 2:49 PM
14

God, I love Barney Frank. Articulate, Jewish, gay, liberal -- kind a reminds me of Eli (but not as cute).

Posted by jonathan | August 30, 2007 8:33 PM
15

More and more column inches about the potty putz pulling scandal of 2007. The goi will never grasp the power of sitra ahra as long as we keep churning this nonsense about the Minneapolis Airport restroom. We don't want the goi wonder if everyone might have a sitra ahra even conservative Senators. Sitra ahra drives each of us into seemingly hypocritical actions.

Sex scandals have worked for centuries, millenia really to confuse the goi. As long as there are Senators and beautiful men in the world there'll always be a scandal for the front page of the paper.

Tikkum Olam today requires distracting the goi from the war and nothing works better than a potty putz pulling Senatorial sex scandal.

Posted by Issur | August 30, 2007 8:40 PM
16

Nice. So NOW someone comes up with the brilliant idea that one's sex life isn't absolutely and irrationally linked to how well they perform their job? Wasn't it just a few years that the President almost got impeached over a blow job?

Nevertheless, this hypocritical behavior by our politicians only underlines the double standard regarding sex in our society.

Posted by Kaija | August 31, 2007 5:16 AM

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