Talk:Barney Frank

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Undue weight for a rent boy[edit]

I just rolled back this addition of a wad of text regarding Frank's involvement with a rent boy. This stubby article does not need half its bulk taken up with a passing episode such as that. Reprimanded for fixing parking tickets? Big. Fucking. Deal. BoN 24 seems more interested in smearing Barney Frank and Larry Craig than adding meaty value to the article. Alec Sanderson (talk) 02:50, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

And now it's back, somewhat more tightly written. I still think it doesn't need to be here, but I will leave that for others to sort out. Alec Sanderson (talk) 02:53, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

It's quite an achievement to earn a reprimand from Congress, and as such it's a pretty rare occurrence, so for anyone who has an article here it seems worth noting. I don't think there'd be any hoo-hah about an equivalent section being included in, say, the Newt Gingrich article or a hypothetical article about Chuck Wrangel. Also, as mentioned before, it's a slightly roundabout way of pointing out Larry Craig's hypocrisy; that at at the very least is worth noting somewhere (maybe in Craig's article, if people don't want it here). If you like, I'd be more than happy to add some more about his other work (Dodd-Frank immediately comes to mind) to address weight concerns. (talk) 03:31, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
By all means, please do. Rep. Frank is an example of what a congress critter should strive to be, and his page here is way too short. While you're at it, could you, or could somebody, put in a better link to the video? My tablet is not up to that little task, sorry. Alec Sanderson (talk) 04:12, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
You can't sweep the incident under the carpet; the story is already well known. Just a quick Google search turned up the following:
"In 1989 it was discovered that Barney Frank's boyfriend, Stephen Gobie, whom Frank had once hired as a male prostitute, was running a male-brothel out of the Congressman's home. Frank claimed he did not know about the prostitution ring in his home, but he did use the power of his office to "fix" 33 tickets for Gobie. And he knowingly wrote a misleading letter to Gobie's probation officer in Virginia. Frank received a "reprimand" for fixing the tickets. Gobie maintained that Frank knew about the prostitution ring operation in his home." Read more: Slings and Arrows (talk) 05:15, 4 January 2015 (UTC)