”I do not choose to run for Congress in 2012.”
With those words, the denouement of the often combative 16-term congressional career of Barney Frank began. In a statement released to reporters, the only openly homosexual member of Congress announced his intention to avoid the complications that his candidacy would have faced because of redistricting in his home state of Massachusetts. While Representative Frank’s announcement was a news maker, the reaction of one Tea Party organization to the Congressman’s imminent departure is attracting its share of media attention — negative attention.
In a message posted on its Twitter and Facebook accounts, the Tennessee Tea Party bid adieu to Congressman Frank with the following words: "Good riddance you perverted sodomite POS!"
Not all Tea Party Tennesseans agree with the tone and content of the Tennessee Tea Party’s social media send-off of the controversial Congressman.
"I am appalled," said the founder of the Nashville-based Tea Party Nation, Judson Phillips. "This statement does nothing to advance the goals of the Tea Party movement and goes a long way towards offending people we need to be involved. Barney Frank is the worst Congressman in the last century, but dumb comments like that tweet do not help our cause,” he continued.
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