To all those who helped make the Newton Democratic City Commitee's 2012 Fundraising Brunch a great success. All the speakers, volunteers, donors and attendees made it a one of a kind event.
The event honored Congressman Barney Frank. There were many great tributes, including Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman's "top ten" Barney quotes which appear below.
Top Ten Quotes by Congressman Barney Frank
By Steve Grossman
10. “[A Republican candidate] said that if the Democrats won, Nancy Pelosi would allow me to implement the radical homosexual agenda…I don’t have one. I felt inadequate. I mean, I do think we should allow gay and lesbian people to serve in the military and get married and have a job but, by tradition of radical standards, being in the military, working for a living and getting married are not the stuff of radicalism.”
9. “The problem with the war in Iraq is not so much the intelligence as the stupidity.”
8. “If I was going to limit free speech, I would make it a misdemeanor to use metaphors in the discussion of public policy.”
7. “Gay people have a different role than other minority groups …. Very few black kids have ever had to worry about telling their parents that they were black.”
6. “Conservatives believe that from the standpoint of the federal government, life begins at conception and ends at birth.”
5. “The left and the right live in parallel universes. The right listens to talk radio, the left’s on the Internet and they just reinforce one another. They have no sense of reality. I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet.”
4. “This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to the system, and it’s expensive to boot.”
3. “I’m used to being in the minority. I’m a left-handed gay Jew. I’ve never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.”
2. “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to have an argument with a dining room table.”
1.“I will miss this job, but one of the advantages of not running for office is I don’t even have to pretend to be nice to people I don’t like.”
Now, on to victory on November 6.