DC Trawler

Barney Frank’s boyfriend is merely interested in amateur photography, that’s all

Hey, that’s what Barney’s campaign is saying, folks. The Boston Herald:

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s longtime partner Jim Ready meant “no harm whatsoever” to Sean Bielat when he taunted him after a recent debate and will continue to attend campaign events, a spokesman for the congressman said.

Ready, an “amateur photographer,” got into a heated tete-a-tete with Bielat during which Ready called him “dude,” mocked the Republican candidate’s jokes and told him to “get used to” having his picture taken. The flap, which occurred last week after a debate at WGBH-TV studios in Brighton, was caught on tape in an exclusive Herald video.

“I don’t think he meant any harm whatsoever,” Frank spokesman Harry Gural said of Ready. “I’m not sure where it kind of went off track…”

“Jimmy takes photos of campaign events and all kinds of things. He’s an amateur photographer,” Gural said.

So that’s why Ready had that camera up to his face the whole time he was heckling Bielat. He wasn’t hiding his face; he was just trying to get a nice snapshot. If you don’t believe that, you are a homophobe and a gay-basher and whatnot.

(Hat tip: JWF)