Skip to comments.Video: Barney Frank’s gay boyfriend tries to harass GOP opponent Bielat
Posted on 10/19/2010 4:21:21 AM PDT by Suvroc10
Barney Franks gay boyfriend tries to harass and antagonize Franks GOP opponent, Sean Bielat. The weird and awkward scene took place last Wednesday, right after the conclusion of a debate between Barney "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are a-okay" Frank and challenger Sean Bielat. The bizarre incident was caught on tape by a Boston Herald reporter and featured Franks gay boyfriend, a supposed "amateur" photographer by the name of James Ready, taking pictures of Bielat while he was minding his own business and talking to some reporters. Ready also tried to harass and antagonize Bielat by criticizing the quality of his apparent jokes (seriously) and threatening him that he should get used to more incidents of Ready taking random pictures of him (also seriously!). To Bielats credit, he laughed off the mischief of Franks unstable-appearing gay boyfriend in a very cool manner.
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
"gay boyfriend"? Can one have a non-gay boyfriend?
By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute, 9/24/2008
"Frank, who is openly gay, had a relationship with Herb Moses, an executive for the now-government controlled Fannie Mae. The column revealed the two had split up at the time but also said Frank was referring to Moses as his "spouse." Another Washington Post report said Frank called Moses his "lover" and that the two were "still friends" after the breakup.
Frank was and remains a stalwart defender of Fannie Mae, which is now under FBI investigation along with its sister organization Freddie Mac, American International Group Inc. (NYSE:AIG) and Lehman Brothers (NYSE:LEH) all recently participants in government bailouts. But Frank has derailed efforts to regulate the institution, as well as denying it posed any financial risk."
Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict of Interest
By Bill Sammon, October 03, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Franks efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s.
So did Franks partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agencys push to relax lending restrictions.
Now that Fannie Mae is at the epicenter of a financial meltdown that threatens the U.S. economy, some are raising new questions about Frank's relationship with Herb Moses, who was Fannies assistant director for product initiatives. Moses worked at the government-sponsored enterprise from 1991 to 1998, while Frank was on the House Banking Committee, which had jurisdiction over Fannie.
Both Frank and Moses assured the Wall Street Journal in 1992 that they took pains to avoid any conflicts of interest. Critics, however, remain skeptical.
"Its absolutely a conflict," said Dan Gainor, vice president of the Business & Media Institute. "He was voting on Fannie Mae at a time when he was involved with a Fannie Mae executive. How is that not germane?
"If this had been his ex-wife and he was Republican, I would bet every penny I have - or at least whats not in the stock market - that this would be considered germane," added Gainor, a T. Boone Pickens Fellow. "But everybody wants to avoid it because hes gay. Its the quintessential double standard."
A top GOP House aide agreed.
"Cmon, he writes housing and banking laws and his boyfriend is a top exec at a firm that stands to gain from those laws?" the aide told FOX News. "No media ever takes note? Imagine what would happen if Franks political affiliation was R instead of D? Imagine what the media would say if [GOP former] Chairman [Mike] Oxleys wife or [GOP presidential nominee John] McCains wife was a top exec at Fannie for a decade while they wrote the nations housing and banking laws."
Franks office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Frank met Moses in 1987, the same year he became the first openly gay member of Congress.
"I am the only member of the congressional gay spouse caucus," Moses wrote in the Washington Post in 1991. "On Capitol Hill, Barney always introduces me as his lover."
The two lived together in a Washington home until they broke up in 1998, a few months after Moses ended his seven-year tenure at Fannie Mae, where he was the assistant director of product initiatives. According to National Mortgage News, Moses "helped develop many of Fannie Maes affordable housing and home improvement lending programs."
Critics say such programs led to the mortgage meltdown that prompted last months government takeover of Fannie Mae and its financial cousin, Freddie Mac. The giant firms are blamed for spreading bad mortgages throughout the private financial sector.
Although Frank now blames Republicans for the failure of Fannie and Freddie, he spent years blocking GOP lawmakers from imposing tougher regulations on the mortgage giants. In 1991, the year Moses was hired by Fannie, the Boston Globe reported that Frank pushed the agency to loosen regulations on mortgages for two- and three-family homes, even though they were defaulting at twice and five times the rate of single homes, respectively.
Three years later, President Clintons Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to impose a new regulation on Fannie, but was thwarted by Frank. Clinton now blames such Democrats for planting the seeds of todays economic crisis.
"I think the responsibility that the Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was president, to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," Clinton said recently.
Bill Sammon is FOX News' Washington Deputy Managing Editor.
Barney and Friend are freaks.
Massachusetts elects these guy with straight faces?
You mean that Bwarney Fag cannot get a better looking boyfriend than that fat waddling leftist pig?
I could’ve done with out that this morning....
Rush said that James Ready is upset because he knows Bwarney’s “seat” is in danger.
mebee his teeth come out
Wow! I wonder if Wilma and Betty ever found out.
This is just hilarious and pathetic. I mean, seriously, you have to wonder what the “internals” are showing in this race — how bad is it for ole Barn if he has to send his (shudder) lover out there to heckle Bielat?
Oh my goodness, what a night Nov. 2 is promising to be!
That guy is so cool the way he handled that. LOL. If this doesn’t embarass Barneys voters, nothing will.
If there is nothing wrong with their relationship, why do they blur out the picture of Barneys faggot?
I thought James “Ready For Anything” Ready was the one on the left?
Before I married him, my husband was my boyfriend. He's not gay, BTW.
Can one [such as Barney Fruit] have a non-gay boyfriend?
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