Barney told Obama: Don’t appeal DADT ruling

Barney Frank was on Mike Signorile’s radio show yesterday and had a lot to say. For the first time in a long time, Barney is facing a real opponent. I thought what Barney had to say about DADT was most instructive. Here’s Mike’s synopsis:

He said President Obama “hasn’t handled this well,” and that he’s “been disappointed,” referring to the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” debacle. He said he urged the president at a campaign stop in Massachusetts last week not to appeal Judge Virginia Phillips’ ruling and injunction ending DADT, arguing that this is a different case than most laws which the administration must defend. Frank believes the president should drop the appeal, especially if Obama does not get a vote in the Senate in the lame duck session of Congress.

On the Employment Non-Discrimination ACT (ENDA), which activists have been promised a vote on for over a year, Frank said the health care bill took up time, then DADT came up, and added also that “the transgender issue is a very difficult issue.”

Definitely take a few minutes to listen to the audio that Mike posted.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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