November 13th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
10 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

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. ronnie - knoxville, tn

    HA HA ! What a joke ! Wasn't Barney found to be running a brothel in Wash. DC ? Oh THAT'S real good

    November 13, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. aj huntington ny

    Rep Frank founded the Stonewall Democrats. OK , that's not in itself the most objectionable thing he has done. Are you people aware of what he was involved in at his Washington townhouse? Im sure cnn would not allow comment if I spelled it out.

    November 13, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. James, Phoenix AZ

    LOL... only fitting! He too finds himself being "piled on" by boys... although he doesn't really mind it as much as Hillary.

    November 13, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. nimrod

    Barney would make a great ambassador to Iran.

    November 13, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. demwit

    Does this mean Hillary is for gay marriage now??

    November 13, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. A.B.H.

    Perhaps Barney thinks by endorsing Hillary the boys will begin piling on him??

    November 13, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Richard Tabuteau, Atlanta, GA

    Who cares? National endorsements don't matter. I'll worry when Hillary starts picking up more state senators, state assemblymen, and congressman in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. Massachusetts is not really a player and neither is Rep. Barney Frank. LGBT voters simply aren't concentrated enough in any given state to have any significant impact on an election even if they nationally support any given candidate. Sorry... but that's just how the numbers break down.

    November 13, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Salita, SC

    Ronnie the answer is NO!

    November 13, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Let the CNN Censorship begin!!

    Don't expect them to approve ANY quips about Barney and Hillary. My two previous have been spiked.

    Good job CNN!!

    November 13, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Adam, Pittsburgh

    If you guys ever listen to what Barney Frank has to say, it's a whooooole lotta truth telling. That said, such an establishment endorsement is disappointing from him.

    (By the way, I love the criticisms of Frank's sexual past. At least he's an out gay man and not living a lie while simultaneously making life hell for the next generation of gay Americans! Read: Larry Craig and, oh, about half the Republican Party.)

    November 13, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Tom Dedham, Mass

    I can look in the mirror and be proud that I never voted for this loser.

    What a disgrace to this state he is.

    Don't look like your starving eh, Hot bottom.

    I am shocked and chagrined that a Massachusetts liberal is endorsing Hillarity.

    They have such an awesome track record on endorsements and liberal elitist candidates who run for office.

    November 13, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Helen, NY

    Hey Barney, You became Chairman of House Financial Services through the backdoor and now you want to be economic adviser to Hillary. What a joke... Look at your standing in the society.. I think Hillary will get votes from all gay people.. Amrican people.. watch out....

    November 13, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. luis9050

    This endorsement is going to be very important for Hillary's campaign because all the people that are not being considered and treated equal by the government in the actuality, like homosexuals, trasvestis, etc., will strongly support her. This is also going to be a great progress for the equality in the country. However the people are going to decide if the homosexual people should have the same rights, like marriage, and adopt children, that the heterosexual people have.
    Hillary Clinton would practically start the end of discrimantion to homosexual people in America, and it has been proved in many other countries such as Denmark that with the end of the discrimantion the social life will improve.
    This is a great step for the equality in the country because now the people is going have the power on their hands to decided if the homosexual people should be considered equal to everybody no matter their likes.

    November 13, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Scott,Tupelo,MS

    It gets better everyday first Pat supports Guialini now this. This is great the media front runners are fading away. Maybe people will finally see them for what they really are Bush clones.

    November 13, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Byron, Woodstock, MD

    Thank you, Congressman Frank. As an openly gay man who passionately supports Hillary Clinton (particularly for her vow to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," pass ENDA, support Hate Crime legislation, and fight against the FMA), your added support is extremely crucial today. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!

    November 13, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. nimrod

    Another prize indorsement for the Clintons, no doubt...

    But economy adviser? Does watching a revolving bathroom stall door count as economic experience these days?? It's a down right shame to have to worry about being exposed to Barney's wonderous life style every time we go to the bathroom. Or is that just me?

    November 13, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. JB Boston MA

    He endorsed Hillary because of all the business she has given him at his illegal escort service he runs out of his house.

    I would rather have Bush endorse me than this loon!

    November 13, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. z, nj

    I'm gay and i don't really care about him. In fact, he's been in office too long too.

    November 13, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. Elman Texas

    This man has no shame. After all the bad publicity from the Clinton camp this past few weeks, this man comes out supporting Hillary.

    It is a clear reflection of the man himself. Please people of Masachussetts vote this man out of office.

    Vote Edward 2008

    November 13, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Jim Stengel Marathon Fl

    I think Barney Frank blew it

    November 13, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    You're wrong Congressman.

    Rep. Kucinich would be "best equipped to pass laws that will treat all Americans with dignity and equality no matter who they are or who they love”

    November 13, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Wasn't this the dude that had something to do with a gay prostitute ring years ago? Someone correct me if I'm wrong please.

    November 13, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Houston Tx

    What a shame? After all the question planting and flip flopping. Real reflection of the man himself. Please people of Masachussetts vote this man out of offices

    November 13, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Dove Clinton Iowa

    What a joke? Are these people paid to do this or they are thinking for themselves

    November 13, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. Ben


    November 13, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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