C-SPAN Caller Questions Rep. Barney Frank on Closeted Gays in Congress

At or just before 8 a.m. this morning, a caller phoned into C-SPAN to ostensibly discuss the “the budget.” The guest of the hour was retiring 16-term Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) But like some C-SPAN callers these days, “Frank” from Largo, Fla. went rogue and quickly began asking questions about closeted Republican members of Congress, specifically mentioning Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as being one.

Barney said, “I have no comment to make about any individual, and no knowledge about any individual. There are some members of Congress who have not made that public.” He added, “You pay no penalty for being honest about your sexuality.” He said there are great pressures in Republican Party to not be too open about being gay. He said they will tolerate gays in their party “as long as they don’t appear to be too happy about it.”

Watch here. “Frank” from Largo is the very first caller to Rep. Frank.

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