November 13th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Massachusetts congressman endorses Clinton

Rep. Barney Frank endorsed Clinton Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday, and will serve as an economic adviser to the New York Democrat.

“I am particularly pleased by her commitment to reverse the economic policies that have created a situation in which as the country progresses economically, only a small number of Americans benefit,” Frank, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, said in a statement released by the campaign.

The openly gay Massachusetts Democrat also praised Clinton’s positions on social issues.

“Based on my work with her on issues involving discrimination, I am convinced that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate best equipped to pass laws that will treat all Americans with dignity and equality no matter who they are or who they love,” said Frank.

– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. john williams san diego, ca.

    his endorsement might have a caveat..Sen.Craig as V.P.

    November 13, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Ann ME

    No surprise there.

    November 13, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Yep, if I was running for office I'd want this endorsement above all others......

    Now if she could only add the endorsement of the the Congressman in LA in how to perserve money by keeping in freezer

    November 13, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Bots, Seattle

    Barney Frank is a freak! How can he expect to be treated with dignity when the thought of him kissing and having sex with another man(?) in itself is so disgusting and undignified for a congressional representative! If I was running and he endorsed me, I'd tell him to go crawl back in his closet where he belongs.

    November 13, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. M. Lou Madison, WI

    Oh geez, Barney! Just when I was starting to respect you. You were awesome at the mortgage meltdown hearing.

    Now you turn around and support someone who cares more about corporations rights than passing "laws that will treat all Americans with dignity and equality no matter who they are or who they love".

    Don't hold your breath waiting for those "laws" to get passed.

    November 14, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  6. M Lou Madison, WI

    Oh geez, Barney! Just when I was starting to respect you. You were awesome at the mortgage meltdown hearing.

    But yet you turn around and throw your support behind a candidate who cares more about big corporations interests than about passing "laws that will treat all Americans with dignity and equality no matter who they are or who they love."

    Don't hold your breath waiting for those laws to get passed.

    November 14, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  7. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts, is right, he worked with Hillary and he is convinced that Hillary is the best candidate best equipped to pass laws that will treat all Americans with dignity and equality no matter who they are or who they love, who else is better than her?

    November 14, 2007 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  8. Robert, Shelton, CT

    who cares, what happens in the bedroom should stay there, none of our business. However in regards to the endorsement, it doesn't seem to be the biggest because she'll carry Mass. in both the primary and general elections no problem; she needs southern and western support.

    November 14, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  9. Paul, Iowa City, Iowa

    You need to do some fact checking. Frank admitted to hiring an escort who he says he befriended and who was later found to be running an escort service from his DC apt. This was investigated by Cogress and no there was no proof that Frank every knew it was going on. Yes, he shouldnt be hiring an escort because its illegal. NO, he was not running an ecort service. I might add that the man has been in a momogomous committed relationship for many many many years since this period.

    November 14, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  10. John New York, NY

    This posting makes no mention that Rep. Frank's sister, Ann Lewis, worked in the Clinton White House and is a senior staffer of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

    Maybe Mr. Frank can talk Mrs. Clinton into mentioning the plight of gay people in speeches- something she never does.

    Barack Obama always speaks out for gay people in speeches- including his famous speech to the Democratic convention in 2004.

    Barack also opposed a Clinton-signed anti-gay law from 1996. Unlike Clinton, he spoke out on the Senate floor against the Federal Marriage Amendment proposal.

    November 14, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. J Houston, TX

    Massachusetts supporting the Democratic forerunner...say it ain't so.

    November 14, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. factjack

    "It was investigated by Cogress and there was no proof that Frank every knew it was going on."

    The escort testified that Barney would come home for lunch to watch. But that was OK with the libs in Congress, in fact, they gave him a freaking standing ovation.

    November 14, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Rigso, Somerville, MA

    B. Frank is a great congressman, look at all the disgusting homophobia on this comment section, it's sickening. He serves my distric and does a great job, we need more diversity in our Congress. Hillary will have a good economic advisor in him. You people are disgusting who hate him just because he is gay, who cares? get over it.

    November 14, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. AJ, Chicago IL

    What are you guys compaining about? Its a perfect matchup. Barney says I'll endorse you if you make me an economic adviser (and if you win the Presidency maybe I can get a cabinet position). Washington politics as usual. With all his infidelity baggage he fits right in with the Clintons. Wake up America, we don't Hillary in White House we need her to take care of own house.

    Obama in '08!

    November 14, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    I am ashamed that this person even represents my state in any way, but I sleep well knowing that I NEVER VOTED FOR HIM.

    After his admitted illegal activity and the other stuff that "He didn't know about" (where have we heard that recently?) came out, he was given a standing ovation by the Democrats.

    You pay $80 for sex and you get a standing ovation and re-elected over and over, while you tap your piggy..................

    Now Larry Craig and company deserve all the heat they get, but this guy was buying "escorts" etc, etc and for his troubles he get's applauded for his actions.

    As for his endorsement, I am shocked that a Mass liberal is touting a Democrat, but I look forward to her losing as their track record is not so good in endorsing liberal elitists for President (see Kennedy, Tsongas, Kerry, Dukakis).

    November 14, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Are you openly gay people and Kyu aware that she is AGAINST gay marriage?

    This is actually one issue that I agree with her on, but then again I am a mean Republican who would march right next to you in support of civil unions with all attached RIGHTS.

    November 15, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    I am no gay-basher, but I don't think this endorsement will amount to anything in regards to securing more rights for homosexuals, transvestites, etc. In fact, if I were Hillary, I'd refuse to accept Frank's nomination, not because of his preference, but because he engaged in criminal activity. Simple as that.

    Luis9050, in your comment you more or less said that now the American public will have a chance to decide if homosexuals should be considered equal. I think you are missing the point– most Americans agree that ALL individuals should have their basic rights (even "evil" conservatives like me), but the problem is this: a majority of the public does not want gay marriage legalized. If it was put to a national vote, there would be no contest. Why? Because they (and myself) believe marriage between a man and a woman is a sacred thing, and has been the bedrock of civilization since the beginning of human consciousness. To undermine the institution of marriage would undoubtedly have serious consequences for the great civilization we call America, and would be the downfall of the traditional family.

    November 15, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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