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Kathy Griffin may go over well with the gays most of the time, but not every time — especially when she calls the daughters of a Republican senator “prostitutes.”
And one outspoken openly gay member of Congress is speaking out. In an official letter, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) slammed Griffin for what he called a Ã¢â‚¬Å“terrible comment,Ã¢â‚¬Â which she made on her Bravo TV show. Frank’s official letter appears below.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible to have fun, and even to poke fun at people in my businesses, without this kind of completely unfair attack,Ã¢â‚¬Â Frank wrote.
Frank’s letter was highlighted Saturday by Mediaite.
Frank has had his own run-ins with prostitutes. From August 27, 1989’s The Washington Post:
Prostitute and pimp Stephen L. Gobie settled in with his “girls” in his Georgetown town house one evening in late 1987 to watch “The Mayflower Madam” on television. As Candice Bergen portrayed upscale madam Sydney Biddle Barrows, Gobie’s companions had an idea.
“The girls turned to me and said, ‘You’re just like her,’ ” Gobie recalled in an interview yesterday. “That’s when I realized that I was in the middle of a developing story that could be worth something someday. I told them, ‘One day, don’t be surprised if you see me on TV.’ ”
Gobie’s dream has come true. His accusation that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) knew that Gobie had operated a prostitution service out of Frank’s Capitol Hill apartment became national news after it was first reported Friday by the Washington Times.
Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress, confirmed Friday that he paid Gobie for sex, hired him with personal funds as an aide and wrote letters on congressional stationery on his behalf to Virginia probation officials, but Frank said he fired Gobie when he learned that clients were visiting the apartment.