23 January 2014

Movie Review: Let's Get Frank

Barney Frank served in the US House of Representatives from 1983 to 2013 and is considered to be the best known openly gay politician in the United States. In 1987 he came out of the closet and shortly thereafter, he referred a relationship he had with a male prostitute to the House Ethics Committee to clear his name. The Committee cleared Frank of any wrong doing that had been lodged against him by his ex-boyfriend although it did recommend a public reprimand for helping his ex boyfriend fix 33 parking tickets. Before 1987, he was seen as the prime candidate to be the first "Jewish" Speaker of the House. However, after coming out, that prospect became dim. Some Republicans, led by then Representative Larry Craig (later becoming famous in 2007 for his arrest for lewd conduct involving "foot tapping" in a bathroom stall in a Minnesota airport), pushed to have him censured and expelled from the House.

Frank ended his career as the Chairman and then ranking minority member of the House Financial Services Committee.

Okay. Enough with the history lesson which summarizes most of this movie. The movie actually focuses on another special role Frank had in the history of the US House of Representatives. He was a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee when it proceeded to recommend filing articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton. Frank was Clinton's most vociferous defender.

This is a documentary about Frank's life from the vantage point of Clinton Impeachment Period.

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