Barney Frank feuds with gay Republicans

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Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., triggered some community controversy at the Democratic National Convention, saying “Uncle Tom” was the role model for the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest and most organized LGBT GOP group.

LCR executive director R. Clarke Cooper, in a statement Sept. 6, shot back, “As far as Log Cabin Republicans are concerned, it's a badge of honor to be attacked by a partisan hack like Barney Frank. We understand that Barney has earned his protected place within the Democrat Party by being their attack dog on gay rights issues, demonizing Republicans and undermining efforts at bipartisanship that would actually improve LGBT Americans lives. We expect this kind of bile from Barney, especially when it plays into the Obama campaign's efforts to divide, distract and deceive the American people."

Then National Stonewall Democrats, the largest and best organized LGBT Democratic organization in the U.S., responded. Said NSD Jerame Davis, “Barney Frank is a distinguished and honorable public servant. He has faced nearly 40 years of unspeakable hatred and persecution for being the most prominent and outspoken openly gay elected official in the country. Regardless of what he has to say about Log Cabin Republicans, the notion that they would suggest a man as brave and upstanding as Congressman Frank is either cowardly or a bully is both deluded and absurd.”

The quarrel came the same day that Frank, at the convention podium, delivered a speech focused on the economy and Mitt Romney, who served as governor of Massachusetts. Frank, who is not seeking re-election in November, talked about Mitt Romney versus “Myth Romney.”

On the Web: Barney Frank's convention speech video