UPDATE: Barney Frank made a controversial comment comparing Log Cabin gay Republicans to Uncle Toms.
Frank is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention sometime in the 5 p.m. hour. From Chris Geidner from BuzzFeed:
National LGBT organizations are quickly distancing themselves from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s assertion that the Log Cabin Republicans — a group for gay Republicans — have modeled themselves after “Uncle Tom.”
The retiring out gay representative first made the racially charged comments on Michelangelo Signorile’s SiriusXM radio show. He then doubled down on it this afternoon, repeating the line to the 500 members of the convention’s LGBT Caucus, at a meeting where the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, later spoke.
“When they tell us that they’re happy to be Republicans because they’re getting acceptance and civility, I gotta say that I am again inclined to think that they’re called the Log Cabin club because their role model is Uncle Tom,” Frank said as DNC treasurer Andrew Tobias and others looked on at the conclusion of his speech to the group, prompting a mixed reaction from the crowd.
In a statement, LCR executive director R. Clarke Cooper said, “We understand that Barney has earned his protected place within the Democrat Party by being their attack dog on gay rights issues, demonizing Republicans and undermining efforts at bipartisanship that would actually improve LGBT Americans lives. We expect this kind of bile from Barney, especially when it plays into the Obama campaign’s efforts to divide, distract and deceive the American people.”
It seems Log Cabin has done some good work lately. The Uncle Tom comparison is more appropriate for GOProud.