Barney Frank

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Barney Frank

Generally Accepted Facts from Wikipedia

Barnett "Barney" Frank (born March 31, 1940) is a former American politician and board member of the New York -based Signature Bank. He previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. As a member of the Democratic Party, he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2007–2011) and was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act, a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry. Frank, a resident of Newton, Massachusetts , is considered the most prominent gay politician in the United States.

Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Frank graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked as a political aide before winning election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1972. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 with 52 percent of the vote. He was re-elected every term thereafter by wide margins. In 1987, he publicly came out as gay, after coming out to family, friends and close associates a few years prior, becoming the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily. From 2003 until his retirement, Frank was the leading Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and he served as committee chairman when his party held a House majority from 2007 to 2011. In July 2012, he married his long-time partner, James Ready, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office. Frank did not seek re-election in 2012, and retired from Congress at the end of his term in January 2013.[4] Frank had expressed interest in serving temporarily in the United States Senate after John Kerry had been confirmed as Secretary of State but was ultimately passed over for Mo Cowan. A biography of Frank was published in 2015.

Scandal

In 1985 Frank was still publicly closeted. That year he hired Steve Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex, and they became "more friends than sexual partners." Frank housed Gobie and hired him with personal funds as an aide, housekeeper and driver and paid for his attorney and court-ordered psychiatrist.

In 1987, Frank evicted Gobie after being advised by his landlord that Gobie kept escorting despite the support and was doing so in the residence. Later that year, Gobie's friends persuaded him that he had a gay male version of Mayflower Madam, a TV movie about an escort service. In 1989, Gobie tried to initiate a bidding war for the story between WUSA-TV (Channel 9), The Washington Times, and The Washington Post. He then gave the story to The Washington Times for nothing, in hopes of getting a book contract.

Amid calls for an investigation, Frank asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate his relationship "in order to ensure that the public record is clear." The Committee found no evidence that Frank had known of or been involved in the alleged illegal activity and dismissed all Gobie's more scandalous claims; they recommended a reprimand for Frank using his congressional office to fix 33 of Gobie's parking tickets and for misstatements of fact in a memorandum relating to Gobie's criminal probation record. The House voted 408–18 to reprimand Frank.

The attempts to censure and expel Frank were led by Republican Larry Craig (whom Frank later criticized for hypocrisy after Craig's own arrest in 2007 for "propositioning an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport bathroom"). Despite the controversy, Frank won re-election in 1990 with 66 percent of the vote, and by larger margins until the 2010 mid-term elections when his victory margin went down to eleven points.

Additional Relevant Facts

Relationship with Stephen Gobie

Probationer for child pornography

Stephen Gobie was on probation for possessing child pornography, among other crimes. Frank was fully aware of Gobie's crimes.

From the Boston Globe, To Be Frank, by Charles P. Pierce, October 2nd, 2005:[1]

Back in 1985, Frank had engaged the services of a male escort named Stephen Gobie, who had advertised his "hot bottom" in a personal ad. Over the next two years, while Frank was trying to decide whether to come out, he and Gobie carried on a clandestine affair, during which time Frank hired Gobie as a driver despite knowing Gobie was on probation for drug possession and for possession of child pornography. Frank used his House privileges to fix Gobie's parking tickets. He wrote a memo trying to clear Gobie from probation that was disingenuous at best and an outright deception at worst. Gobie repaid Frank by running a prostitution service out of Frank's Capitol Hill apartment. When Frank discovered this, he fired Gobie and ended their relationship. Then, in 1989, just two years after Frank's announcement that he was gay, Gobie told his story to the conservative Washington Times.

There was an immediate public outcry. Frank confirmed the basic details of his relationship with Gobie and the financial and other favors he'd done, but he angrily denied he'd been aware that Gobie had gone into business for himself in Frank's apartment. Even so, it was an astonishing act of indiscreet self-indulgence, especially for the stiff-necked ethics scold who'd shown no pity for the various Abscam defendants. Even Frank's closest Massachusetts friends were shaken. And The Boston Globe called for Frank to resign, so as to spare the voters the pain of having to confront his sex life in the voting booth.

Operator of a prostitution service out of an elementary school

Chevy Chase Elementary School Principal, Gabriel Massaro, also had a relationship with Stephen Gobie and let him run a prostitution ring out of the school.

From the Washington Post, Chevy Chase Principal Resigns: Male Prostitute Allegations Probed, By Amy Goldstein, September 26th, 1989; Page B01:[2]

Gabriel A. Massaro, the principal of Chevy Chase Elementary School, resigned yesterday after Montgomery County school officials concluded that he had "compromised the security of his school" by allowing a male prostitute to use the building at night.

Massaro turned in his resignation, effective immediately, after a morning meeting with Superintendent Harry Pitt, who indicated that he was prepared to advise the county's school board to dismiss the popular principal.

"Had Dr. Massaro not resigned," Pitt said in a prepared statement, "I do not believe I could have recommended his continued employment."

A Montgomery school administrator since 1978 and former president of the county's association of elementary principals, Massaro relinquished his $67,975-a-year job less than a week after school officials finished investigating allegations that he had let prostitute Stephen L. Gobie into the school.

Gobie, who also has had a relationship with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), told the Washington Times last month that, for two months during the fall of 1987, he had used a telephone in a Chevy Chase guidance counselor's office at night to make appointments with prostitution clients. Gobie also said he and Massaro had a four-year relationship.

Massaro, who has been suspended with pay since Aug. 25, has been unavailable for comment.

School officials have refused publicly to divulge the findings from their investigation, conducted by the school system's personnel director. Pitt said yesterday only that the probe did not yield evidence of any criminal behavior by Massaro or any "improper conduct involving children or other staff members.

Relationship to #Pizzagate

a David Brock and Barney Frank
David Brock and Barney Frank

Connection to James Achilles Alefantis

Based on photos from 2009 Media Matters for America party,[3][4] Frank, James Achilles Alefantis and his partner at the time, David Brock, appear to know one another.

Connection to Operation Brownstone

Timeline

- see also full voting record and sponsor/co-sponsoring of bills - other times in office: [5]


1981 to 2013 Frank served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts [6]

2003 - retirement Frank was the leading Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee [7]

4Jan2007–3Jan2011 As a member of the Democratic Party, (Frank) served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee [8]


  • 31March1940 - Barnett 'Barney' Frank was born in New Jersey [9] [10]
  • 1974 - His last romance with a woman was a nearly two-year-long affair with Irish-American Catholic Kathleen Sullivan, a Boston School Committee member and the daughter of New England Patriots owner Billy Sullivan, that began in 1974 [12]
  • 1980 - elected to the U.S. House of Representatives [13]
  • 30May1987 - publicly came out as gay, after coming out to family, friends and close associates a few years prior, becoming the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily [14]

[15]

  • 1993 - Frank co-sponsored "Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments" (H.R.3392) to regulate more contaminants under the Clean Water Act [16]

1996

  • Frank co-sponsored the "Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance Act" (H.R.4111. Became Public Law No: 104-238.) "to provide educational assistance to the dependents of Federal law enforcement officials who are killed or disabled in the performance of their duties" [17]
  • member of the Congressional Internet Caucus established in 1996

1997

1998

  • July1998 - an amicable break-up with Herb Moses; executive at Fannie Mae from 1991 to 1998, economist and LGBT activist after an eleven year relationship [18] [19]

2001

  • co-sponsored "the MX Missile Stand-Down Act" (01-HR2718) to take fifty Peacekeeper missiles off of high-alert status as well as the Landmine Elimination and Victim Assistance Act (01-HR948). [20]
  • co-sponsored the "National Forest Protection and Restoration Act" (H.R.1494) to "prohibiting commercial logging on Federal public lands [21]
  • co-sponsored the "Anti-Spamming Act" (01-HR718) to protect people and businesses from "unsolicited and unwanted electronic mail" [22]
  • authored the States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act (H.R. 2592)[23]

2002

2003

  • Dec2003 - Frank had an 89% rating by Peace Action, indicating a pro-peace voting record [24]
  • rated 95% by the League of Conservation Voters, indicating pro-environment votes [25]
  • rated "A" by Vote Hemp, indicating a pro-hemp voting record [26]

2004

2005

  • co-sponsored "Rail Security Act" (S.1379/H.R.153) (05-S1379) giving higher priority to rail transportation security [27]

2006

2007

  • Frank sponsored H.R. 2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act [28]
  • co-sponsored the "Great Cats and Rare Canids Act" (H.R.1464) to "provide financial resources and to foster international cooperation for promoting conservation of rare felids & canids" [29]
  • co-sponsored the "Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act" (S.261/H.R.137) to "strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting [30]
  • co-sponsored the "Drug Sentencing Reform & Kingpin Trafficking Act" ((S.1711) 07-S1711) to "target cocaine kingpins and address sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine" [31]


2008

  • Frank's sister, Ann Lewis, served as a senior adviser in Hillary Clinton 's 2008 presidential campaign.[32]
  • Frank and (Ron) Paul introduced H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Protection Act, a bill that sought to place a moratorium on enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 [33]
  • co-sponsored the "Veterans Suicide Study Act" ( (S.2899/H.R.4204) 08-S2899) designed to study and address suicides among veterans
  • co-sponsored overturning FCC approval of media consolidation (S.J.RES.28&H.J.RES.79 2008-SJR28) [34]
  • March 2008 - proposed the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008 (HR 5843) [35]
  • sponsored "Removing Impediments to Students Education" (RISE) ((H.R.5157) 08-HR5157) to allow rehabilitated drug offenders to get student loans [36]

2009

  • bibliographical book by Stuart Weisberg called 'Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman' published
  • 18June2009 - re-introduced the bill as the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2009 (HR 2943) [37]

2010

  • was a leading co-sponsor of the (2010) Dodd-Frank Act [38]
  • Frank's net worth estimated by the Center for Responsive Politics to be between $619,024 and $1,510,000 [39]

2011

2012

  • 7July2012 - married his long-time partner, James Ready, becoming the first member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex while in office [40] [41] []

2013

  • Jan2013 - retired from Congress at the end of his term [42]
  • 3Aug2013 - Frank appeared on the show 'Real Time with Bill Maher'

2014

2015

  • a biography of Frank was published
  • 17June2015 - Frank joined the board of directors of the New York-based Signature Bank