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Barney Frank’s “sharp partisanship”

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:43 pm - March 11, 2005.
Filed under: Gay Politics

Although openly gay Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank distinguished himself at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland by taking on the anti-American bias of Eason Jordan, CNN’s then-Chief News Executive, he has recently returned to his narrow partisan ways. Earlier this week, he blasted New York’s Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg for appealing a “state judge’s ruling ordering the city to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

Frank, however, did not mention that the Empire State’s likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee for ’06, Eliot Spitzer, like New York City’s Republican Mayor, also favors appealing the state court decision. Nor did he attack either of New York’s Democratic Senators (Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton) who, unlike Mayor Bloomberg, oppose gay marriage.

Thus, like so many gay activists, Barney Frank’s opposition to Mayor Bloomberg’s decision is mere partisan grandstanding. It’s not the Mayor’s stand that bothers him so much as the Mayor’s political affiliation. That irritating R after his name. Gay City News reporter Andy Humm got it right when he wrote the Frank is “not unknown for his sharp partisanship.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

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