When Barney Frank announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-election we were sad that America and the gay community was losing one of its best sentinels of liberty. What we didn’t realize is that we’d also be losing a sharp wit who could probably wipe the floor with Bill Maher and Jon Stewart.
On Friday, Frank gave a candid interview with the Times’ Andrew Goldman that had us wishing he’d either stay in office or book Radio City. Here’s a few excerpts:
On surviving his prostitute scandal when Anthony Weiner didn’t:
The Ethics Committee found that most of what he said wasn’t true. And when I was confronted, I told everybody everything. Lawyers are very, very good at keeping you out of prison, but they will sacrifice your reputation and credibility to do so. So don’t be evasive and don’t be cute. And unless you think there is a serious chance you’re going to jail, don’t listen to your lawyer.
On the less-than-flattering sweatshirt/suit jacket combo he wore in December:
I tore a ligament and a tendon, and I went to work wearing a pullover shirt that I could stick my cast through. When someone on the committee didn’t show up, I had to go to the floor. I thought I’d borrow a jacket, but there were only thin people in my office that day.
On why he supports decriminalizing marijuana even though he doesn’t smoke weed.
Do you think I’ve ever had an abortion? I don’t play poker on the Internet, either.
Oh Barney, don’t ever change!