face-offs

Barney Frank Battled Over Health Care With Human ‘Dining Room Table.’ Now She’s Running Against Him

Last August, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank took a question at a town hall meeting about health care reform from a one Rachel Brown, who accused the Democratic congressman of supporting the president’s “Nazi policy.” Frank’s reply was The Awesome: “Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.” It was so awesome, in fact, it inspired Brown to run against the 15-term lawmaker in Tuesday’s primary.

Brown said her exchange with Frank inspired her to run against him in the Democratic primary in the state’s 4th Congressional District. “I didn’t realize at the time that if you had a better idea, you should take their seat,” said 29-year-old Brown, a devotee of economist Lyndon LaRouche.

Frank, not surprisingly, has an alternate — and sharp-tongued — view. “I regard her as an example of the price you pay for free speech,” Frank said. “I don’t think she is very rational.”

Answering Brown’s question, Frank asked, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” For the record, Brown’s platform supports the human colonization of Mars. Sorry Barney, I’m going with this chick.

[Bay Windows]