Patrick Forrest may have come up short in his race for Virginia Senate, but in an Alexandria-based district far more favorable to his political party, Democrat Adam Ebbin won by a comfortable margin. I knew — and liked — Adam back in my Northern Virginia days. He is very liberal and extremely partisan, but is a generally nice guy. He was always civil when we locked horns (as we did on numerous occasions).
And when the then-chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Tom Davis spoke to the Log Cabin Republican Club of Northern Virginia (while I served as the club’s president), that Democratic partisan showed up. He braved a crowd of Republicans and listened politely when the Republican Congressman spoke, even asking a question, as I recall, and doing so in a civil tone and manner.
With Adam’s election as well as the election in successive congressional cycles of two openly gay Democrats, Colorado’s Jared Polis and Rhode Island’s David Cicilline, to the U.S. House, there’s no need for gays to keep covering for Barney Frank, the arrogant and mean-spirited Democrats from Massachusetts, unwilling to answer for his conflict of interest with a government-sponsored enterprise which he regularly defended and which now sucks cash from the federal treasury.
Polis, while very liberal, like Ebbin, appears to be a very stand-up guy.
In short, Barney is no longer the only gay man in elective office. Unlike Ebbin, he is not the kind of man to whom others can look up; Barney is just not a good role model. More than that, he’s an outright embarrassment.
I say all this because when I first started criticizing the Massachusetts Democrat, a number of gays, including, yes, a handful of Log Cabin (Republicans), faulted me for mocking a prominent gay politician, as if our shared sexual orientation should define my attitude toward the guy. The sharp-tongued liberal is one of the few gay elected officials there is, they would say.
Well, there are not that few any more. The argument is no longer as compelling as it once was. We should be critical of politicians like Barney who merit our censure. My fellow gays should join me in criticizing this unhappy fellow — and to show they favor equal treatment of same-sex relationships, should demand an investigation of his conflict of interest.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Naamloos takes issue with something I wrote and makes a great point:
The argument is no longer as compelling as it once was.
What argument? That good gays blindly support other gay people?
It seems like Mr. Frank is not the kind of person you would want representing you (I use “you” as a generic pronoun). So, wouldn’t it make more sense not to support him?