Few people in Washington have a sharper mind ... or a sharper tongue ... than Barney Frank. The Democrat from Massachusetts has been a fixture on Capitol Hill since he was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980. When he gets up to speak, even Republicans stop what they're doing to listen. He bedevils his enemies and often infuriates his friends. Much-loved for his rumpled attire, he once ran a campaign sign that said "Neatness isn't Everything". His official biography is subtitled America's Only Lerft-(sic)handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman. He came out of the closet in 1987 ... the first member of Congress to do so voluntarily ... at a time when the only other gays in public life were Liberace and Martina Navratilova. He was a vocal opponent of President Clinton's impeachment in 1998, and has been a powerful advocate for financial reform. And now, he's getting ready to step down. Michael speaks with Barney Frank about his past, present and future...Now, there's an odd trio: Liberace, Martina Navratilova and Barney Frank. Here's some info about Frank that, the Ceeb being the Ceeb and Enright being Enright, you won't hear on today's show.
|Whatever else he may be (including a fellow who could definitely benefit from a "bro"), he's no Liberace.|