Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is the only openly homosexual member of Congress, and has been outspoken on gay rights issues, including "don't ask, don't tell." However, with just a few days left before the midterm elections, Frank is being attacked by a gay organization.
The conservative GOProud is launching an ad campaign — titled "The Real Democrats of DC" — attacking Democratic leaders, including Frank, for the high level of national debt, spending and continuing unemployment, according to media reports.
Calling Frank "an absolute embarrassment," Christopher R. Barron, chairman of GOProud's Board of Directors, said that "he represents the worst kind of Washington politician," and added that the congressman "gleefully acts as an attack dog for radical left-wing special interests."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are also targeted by new GOProud's campaign.
Meanwhile, Frank, who has been serving in the House of Representatives since 1981, is facing an unexpected challenge from Republican opponent Sean Bielat. Although the incumbent still leads by 49 to 37 percent, Bielat has out-raised Frank both in September and so far this month, according to media reports.