Barney Frank (D., Mass.), the former congressman whose live-in personal aide ran a male escort service out of their Washington, D.C., apartment in the 1980s, recently weighed in on the success of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is vying to become the first openly gay president in history.
In an interview with the Boston Globepublished on Friday, Frank said Buttigieg’s sexuality was “an advantage” that has helped him stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field dominated by straight white men. “If he were straight, I don’t think he would be doing as well,” Frank said.
Frank even suggested that Buttigieg’s rivals might be wishing they were gay, because it would allow voters to signal their lack of bigotry by supporting them. “It attracts attention to and he gets points for being open and honest and gives people a chance to affirm their lack of prejudice,” Frank said. “I think Beto O’Rourke may be regretting that he’s straight.”
Frank has recently weighed in on other issues of interest to Democratic primary voters, including the Green New Deal, which he called “a loser” for Democrats. While acknowledging that he agreed with many of the policy goals outlined in the document, authored by celebrity socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), Frank said, “there’s an argument that you don’t destabilize a society by doing too much change at once.” – READ MORE