Skip to comments.Barney Frank jabs Newt Gingrich: A long-simmering feud
Posted on 11/28/2011 4:40:42 PM PST by presidio9
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was never known for holding his fire, and in a press conference announcing his retirement the liberal lawmaker saved some of his most memorable barbs for former House speaker and now presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
I did not think I lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee, the 30-year House veteran said. He would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater ... Its still unlikely, but I have hopes.
The pair have been snapping at each other since the 1980s, when Gingrich was rising to power in Congress and Frank was among the Democrats trying to cut him down. For years, Frank has blamed Gingrich for the partisan divide on Capitol Hill.
A fresh battle started brewing between the two ex-colleagues when in a an October presidential debate, Gingrich said that the former House Financial Services chairman deserved to be jailed, along with former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), over the financial crisis, saying, Look at the lobbyists he was close to at, at, at, uh at, uh, Freddie Mac.
Frank returned fire after reports that Gingrich received hefty consulting fees from Freddie Mac after leaving Congress, calling him a man with no ethical core whatsoever. Frank later added that Gingrich was a lobbyist and liar, as well as fundamentally intellectually dishonest.
But the enmity between the two men goes back way farther than that. It appears to date to at least 1989, when a Gingrich aide spread rumors about the sex life of
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I don’t think Bwahny can snap....gum Newt to death maybe....
The turd burglar is planning his escape
... in the general population
Oh Barney.....there’s nothing sadder than an old queen who has fallen off her throne.
Gawd thats disgusting.
A homosexual pederast baby killing communist sex pervert fag prostitution ring running worst of all LAWYER and simpleton who ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING other than make 49 states HATE MASSACHUSETTS WORSE THAN AFGHANISTAN.
DIE SCREAMING BARNEY.
It was too easy to twist around.
I can ignore a lot of Gingrich negatives if he'd follow through with this much needed bit of justice.
In fact, Gingrich is probably one of the few who could walk the MSM through the details and make it understandable to the average American, something that is also desperately needed.
IF done right, such efforts could truly lead to the reforms that would put us and the world back on the right fiscal track.
Only time I have ever agreed with Frank, Gingrich is toast. The Dems love him. They are clearing Cain out of the way and doing it the Chicago way, with inuendo and lies. Same way Hussain was elected.
Barney Frank must be actively pursued by the criminal courts and face his fully culpability for the financial destruction that he caused in America with the Dodd-Frank Bill. No one is above the law. Barney Frank deserves several years in an ordinary prison.
Agreed, who can file a suit to hold him in the country. I think he needs to be tried asap.
In 1990, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank admitted a lengthy relationship with a homosexual prostitute who ran a bisexual prostitution service out of Franks Washington DC apartment.
In 1990, The House Ethics Committee recommended Frank be reprimanded because he “reflected discredit upon the House of Representatives. The reprimand came as a result of his relationship with a man named Steve Gobi, a male prostitute whom Frank initially paid $80 for anal sex. Frank later took Gobi to live with him in his home, making him a personal aide (yep a personal aid :D). Frank paid Gobi $20,000 in compensation (unreported to the IRS) and let him use his car. Subsequent investigation revealed that in the course of their relationship, Frank used his congressional office and stationary to fix Gobi’s 33 parking fines. Frank also used his congressional letterhead to write a reference letter to Gobi’s probation officer, Gobi was under court supervision as a convicted felon with a prison record. Most damningly, the investigation found that Steve Gobi ran a prostitution ring from Barney Frank’s home. In his defense, Frank asserted he knew nothing of Gobi’s prostitution business. Though Frank claimed ignorance of some of the prostitutes activities, his indiscretion was so great that Franks standing in Congress was greatly damaged and a House reprimand passed overwhelmingly in July 1990. Steve Gobi, Franks live-in boyfriend who ran a call boy service out of their home, once told capitol hill newspaper Roll Call that he provided services to Congressional wives as well. I was sleeping with Congressmens wives long before I was sleeping with Congressmen, Gobi said.
Penthouse Magazine interviewed Gobi and what he said didnt quit match up with Franks testimony. The explicit magazine article about Gobi and the sex-for-hire world in which he said he procured prostitutes for famous clients. The Penthouse article cast new light on the underground world to which Gobi says he introduced Barney Frank. Gobi has said Mr. Frank, whom he dubbed Sweet ‘n’ Low for “sweet guy, low on cash,” was aware of the larger prostitution operation and delighted in being told about the call boy’s sexual encounters. Mr. Frank also has admitted to using congressional stationery to write several letters to Virginia probation officials to persuade them to shorten Gobi’s probation stemming from felony convictions for drug offenses and for sex offenses involving a minor girl. Gobi told Penthouse “those letters kept me in operation. The letters and Barney’s [congressional] perks were worth far more to me than any fees I could have charged him. I wasn’t a gold digger, but I’m not a dumb escort, either.”
The congressman has said he threw Gobi out in the summer of 1987, ending their two-year relationship, after he discovered the callboy was running a prostitution business from the apartment. But Mr. Frank has conceded that he remained in touch with Gobi through New Year’s Day 1988, even allowing the prostitute continued use of his car with its congressional license plate.
Frank was also criticized for campaign contributions totaling $42,350 between 1989 and 2008. The donations from Fannie and Freddie influenced his support of their lending programs, and said that Frank did not play a strong enough role in reforming the institutions in the years leading up to the Economic crisis of 2008. In 2006 a Fannie Mae representative stated in SEC filings that they “did not participate in large amounts of these non-traditional mortgages in 2004 and 2005.”
Unqualified homebuyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Franks efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s. So did Herb Moses, Fannie Maes executive at the forefront of the agencys push to relax lending restrictions. Shortly after Frank came out of the closet, Frank met and began dating Herb Moses, an economist and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) activist; their relationship lasted for eleven years until an amicable break-up in July 1998. Moses, who was an executive at Fannie Mae from 1991 to 1998, was the first partner of an openly gay member of Congress to receive spousal benefits and the two were considered “Washington’s most powerful and influential gay couple.” 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 and rightfully so.
Many have raised new questions about Franks relationship with Herb Moses, who was Fannies assistant director for product initiatives while Frank was on the House Banking Committee, which had jurisdiction over Fannie.
It was just disclosed that Rep. Barney Frank helped land a job at Fannie Mae for his then live-in boyfriend, Herb Moses despite at the time sitting on a House oversight committee that monitored the federally regulated agency. Fannie Mae went belly up. Moses made a lot of money. And Frank kept assuring the public in hearings that the nearly insolvent agency was in no financial danger.
When news surfaced about Franks conflict of interest, he scoffed, There is no rule against it at all, and predicted the story would die. He was right: It did. But substitute scary names like Dick Cheney or Halliburton and it would not have.
Barney Frank. Oh yeah the guy once called “Barney Fag” by Dick Amrey. The same guy who found himself facing ethics charges over using his DC apartment for male prostitution. Tell me again why anyone should believe or even care what the old gas bag has to say?