Barney Frank kept it real until the end: The outgoing representative used his last day in office to attack Sen. Chuck Hagel as a candidate for Defense Secretary.
On Monday, December 31, Frank issued a statement:
“Then-Senator Hagel’s aggressively bigoted opposition to President Clinton’s naming the first openly gay Ambassador in U.S. history was not, as Sen. Hagel now claims, an aberration. He voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people and there does not seem to be any evidence, prior to his effort to become Secretary of Defense, of any apology or retraction of his attack on James Hormel.
To those of us who admire and respect Mr. Hormel, Sen. Hagel’s description of him as ‘aggressive’ can only mean that the Senator strongly objected to Hormel’s reasoned, civil advocacy for LGBT people.
The debate on Hagel has opened up a can of worms and bled into his feelings about Middle East policy and America’s relationship with Israel. But Frank brings the debate back to its core, saying “I cannot think of any other minority group in the US today where such a negative statement and action made in 1998 would not be an obstacle to a major Presidential appointment.”
He makes a good point.