- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2011

I thought The Washington Times went a little too easy Tuesday on Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, and what happened with male prostitute and pimp Stephen Gobie (“Frank won’t seek a 17th term,” Politics, Tuesday). A lot of pertinent details were missed in the article.

According to news coverage, Mr. Frank hired Mr. Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex in 1985. The two men became friends and more than sexual partners; Mr. Frank housed Mr. Gobie and hired him with personal funds as an aide, housekeeper and driver, and he paid for an attorney and court-ordered psychiatrist for Mr. Gobie.

In 1987, Mr. Frank kicked out Mr. Gobie after he was advised by his landlord that Mr. Gobie had continued escorting others despite the support from Mr. Frank - and that he was doing so in the residence. In 1989, Mr. Gobie provided the story to The Washington Times.

Responding to calls for an investigation, Mr. Frank asked the House Ethics Committee to rule his relationship “in order to ensure that the public record is clear.” The committee found no evidence that Mr. Frank had known of or been involved in the alleged illegal activity and dismissed Mr. Gobie’s more scandalous claims. The committee recommended a reprimand for Mr. Frank for using his congressional office to fix 33 of Mr. Gobie’s parking tickets and for misstatements of fact in a memorandum relating to Mr. Gobie’s past record. The House voted 408-18 to reprimand Mr. Frank.

Nevertheless, Mr. Frank has been re-elected by his Massachusetts congressional district. You can’t make this stuff up, and American voters have no one to blame but themselves for the current caliber of people in Congress.