Gleeful Tea Partiers are licking their chops at a panic-stricken Barney Frank, who’s digging deep into his own pocket to bail out his campaign, even as his rival taps Wall Street bigwigs in a bid to force the Newton Democrat into a Martha Coakley-style collapse.So he doesn't want to be "smeared," but Tea Partiers are bigoted.
“He sees the writing on the wall — he could lose this election,” said Christen Varley of the Greater Boston Tea Party. “I think he’s realized— I hope too late — that he has a viable challenger and his constituents are not happy.”
Frank — outraised by $70,000 by opponent Sean Bielat in September — pumped $200,000 from his personal retirement account into his campaign to thwart what he calls right-wing attacks from “bigoted” Tea Partiers.
“I think he’s desperate. They tried to say we’re racists and that we’re bitter gun-clingers and that we’re scared,’’ said Sissy Willis of Chelsea, a Tea Partier for Bielat as well as Scott Brown. “There may be a lot of people out there who know what’s going on.”If poor Barney is so afraid of being "ambushed," why is he not out there promoting his record? Instead he's reduced to having his pothead lover ambush Bielat instead.
Bielat’s surging campaign, meanwhile, shifted to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where the 35-year-old Marine hauled in hefty donations from deep-pocketed financiers.
Frank — widely viewed as a poster boy for the nation’s economic meltdown — is running for his political life in a district that was carried narrowly by Brown, who shocked the nation by defeating the heavily favored Coakley. Like the attorney general, the 15-term Democratic congressman is facing an increasingly well-financed upstart hoping to ride a throw-the-bums-out wave to victory Nov. 2.
Bielat has $364,000 in his campaign war chest to Frank’s $1 million, but the embattled congressman said he made the campaign loan to counter an expected flood of “attack ads.”Aw, poor baby.
“I do not intend to be ambushed by the kind of right-wing smears that assailed John Kerry in 2004,” Frank said.
“I will very soon be the target of a flood of right-wing attack ads by organizations that are angry about the tough financial regulation bill that I helped pass last year . . . and in some cases (are) fueled by money raised . . . by the extreme members of the Tea Party movement,” Frank said.So he's afraid of "smears" yet in the next breath is whining about so-called extremists.
Well, Barney, get ready to be goofed on, not smeared. A new ad is about to come out lampooning Frank, but even that has his people whining.
“I personally question lampooning someone or using cartoons to describe someone. I don’t think that’s respectful.”So you can't lampoon him, you can't accurately talk about his record, you can't point out his boyfriend ambushed Bielat. What can they talk about, Barney?
All this sparring sets up a debate this afternoon. Should be very interesting.