Barney Frank Speaks Out Against Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary

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  1. Is concern for gay rights *really* driving Barney Frank’s action?

    *Twelve days ago, Barney Frank backed Hagel for Secretary of Defense.*

    [Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who is Jewish, said he did not object to what has become one big point of contention about Hagel: an allusion to the “Jewish lobby,” in reference to advocates for Israel in Congress and elsewhere.
    “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having Portuguese lobbies, Jewish lobbies, Greek lobbies,” Frank said. “I think he’d be very good. … You need someone intelligent to help cut that budget.”]

    What, exactly, changed about Hagel’s 1998 remarks in the last twelve days to make them more egregious? What changed about his voting record in Congress in the last twelve days to make it more egregious?

    Shame on you, Barney Frank. I thought that you had more integrity than this. What was I thinking?

  2. JayJonson says:

    I don’t know what changed Barney Frank’s mind, if indeed he changed it, but I am glad that he is opposing Hagel. Not only did Hagel smear Hormel, but he also opposed repeal of DADT. And, unlike even the egregious Sam Nunn, he did not announce any changed position on DADT over the years until his name was floated as a possible DoD Secretary. The man is clearly an opportunist at best. I, for one, would not trust him to oversee the implementation of equal rights in the military.

    • Does it matter at all to you that:

      1. Human Rights Campaign demanded that Hagel repudiate his 1998 comment and declare his commitment to LGBT equality, and Hagel then did so, and then Human Rights Campaign welcomed Hagel’s statement and apology?

      2. OutServe also welcomed Hagel’s statement and apology?

      3. Ambassador Hormel accepted Hagel’s apology and endorsed Hagel’s nomination?

      4. We have this account from Steve Clemons, who knows Hagel personally?

      The Chuck Hagel I Know: A Staunch Defender of Gay Rights

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