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Barney Frank: A Giant of the Congress Says Gay Publication

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Aug/13/2008
Barney Frank

"He is one of the giants of the Congress, a real legislator," says Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, referring to chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Barney Frank. "People think of him as this ideological liberal, but the fact is that Barney Frank understands what it takes to legislate. He understands what it takes to lead."

The ringing endorsement of Barney Frank, a huge favorite within the Internet gambling community, was published online at TheAdvocate.com, a publication that deals with issues concerning the gay population. Congressman Frank is a noted gay politician.

He and Republican Congressman from Texas and two time US Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, helped to draw up legislation that sought to repeal online gambling prohibition, the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.

If anyone can get things done, it's Mr. Frank.

From the Advocate:

Currently in his 14th term in Congress, Frank is at the center of Capitol Hill's response to the faltering economy. The House committee that he chairs oversees all aspects of the financial services industry -- including banking, insurance, public housing, and real estate as well as the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury, and the Securities and Exchange Commission -- making the committee one of the most powerful in Congress. And Frank's accomplishments as chairman may establish a broader, more profound legacy for the politician synonymous with gay advocacy.


"His committee is influential, and any person who is chair of it would have wide-ranging authority," says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

What has distinguished Frank is his ability to cross political lines in order to get things done, often working with Republicans and winning praise from representatives who disagree with him, sometimes strenuously, on gay issues.

"Congressman Frank frequently goes out of his way to reach across the aisle and work with all members," Ron Paul told the Advocate.

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Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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