The Nation : Rep. Frank Says He Won’t Resign Seat
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), under pressure to resign over his involvement with a male prostitute, said that quitting would be “cowardly and inappropriate” and vowed to hang on through a House ethics review. Frank disputed reports that Democratic Party and congressional leaders were urging him to step aside in order to save them further embarrassment and risk partisan damage. “I haven’t been asked by anybody to resign,” Frank said. “No one has been urging me to resign.” Frank, an acknowledged homosexual, has been under scrutiny since admitting he had a relationship with a male prostitute. Frank admitted paying Stephen L. Gobie $80 for sex, then hiring him as a driver and personal assistant.