Barney Frank, Mile High Harassment Victim

On a flight home to Massachusetts from Los Angeles on Sunday, aboard Virgin America, Rep. Barney Frank and partner Jim Ready found themselves seated nearby two eye doctors en route to a conference in Boston. They were not happy about this healthcare bill thingy, and they weren’t about to let federal regulations stop them from telling Frank all about it.

The problem started soon after the ophthalmologists – two sisters on their way to a conference in Boston – boarded the Virgin flight. When they discovered that Frank was sitting nearby, the women loudly dissed the landmark health care bill as an “Obamanation.”

[…] “They wanted to talk to me, but I apologized and said I like to read and watch on planes,” Frank told us today. “They began to talk louder and that’s when Jimmy (Ready) said, ‘If you’re trying to be bitchy, you’re doing a good job.”

Needless to say, the women didn’t appreciate the remark, and things got heated. (Attempts to locate or ID the women were unsuccessful.) Sexton [a passenger seated a few rows behind Frank], who’s an HR director for the UK-based retailer All Saints Spitalfields, said flight attendants weren’t working hard enough to defuse the situation, so she got involved.

“The women had been drinking, and they were crying and shouting,” Sexton said. “They were clearly the antagonizers, and Mr. Frank was kind of minding his own business.” (She said Ready also upset another passenger, calling him “Santa Claus.”) Finally, the parties calmed down and remained quiet for the rest of the flight. (Sexton was offered some complementary wine for her trouble.)

Sometimes ya just prefer a Tea Party.

[Boston Globe]

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  • Fitz

    1) There are REALLY good reasons why some doctors are irrationally upset about “this health care thingy”. (hint: money)
    2) I am thrilled for anything negative that happens to Barney Frank, from rude drunks on a plane to infected boils. The man is awful for our community. He discourages activism and encourages compliance with homophobes.

  • Baxter

    Some people were mean to an elected official and had the temerity to voice their opinions? The horror!

    Considering my experiences flying, where the flight attendants will flip out at the smallest thing, I somehow doubt that these doctors were actually causing much of a disturbance.

  • alan brickman

    they cornered him when he couldn’t get away….definate abuse….

  • Bob

    Free speech is a bitch in tight spaces. I’m just amazed how we have become so averse to unpleasant speech in this country. We used to tolerate dissenting opinions in this country. Now we can’t silence them fast enough.
    That proud H.R. director is years ahead in silencing unpopular opinion by virtue of her career choice. I’m not surprised to see she tried it in public. If we continue that in public discourse, we will reap the results of groupthink. That usually means new and creative ideas kept to a minimum.
    Companies can choose that, but public dialog is fundamentally against groupthink. It’s Unamerican.

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