Appearing on Michelangelo Signorile’s SiriusXM show yesterday, Barney Frank dismissed the effectiveness of the National Equality March, saying it would be better if folks stayed home and lobbied locally. Signorile:
Barney Frank believes the march this weekend and rally on the mall are “useless” and don’t put pressure on the White House. “I literally don’t understand how this will do anything,” he said. “People are kidding themselves. I don’t want people patting themselves on the back for doing something that is useless.” Besides, he says, “Barack Obama does not need pressure.” He says we should model ourselves as lobbyists on “the National Rifle Association.” He says people should not come to Washington and should stay home and lobby their members of Congress. “Nobody in Congress even knows they’re there, he says, and he is not attending the March: He is going to California to raise money for himself and other Democrats.
UPDATE: Last night Cleve Jones appeared on CNN to talk about the March and respond to Frank’s comments.