So much for that whole meme that "The Tea Party doesn't care about social issues. It's all about the money!" Seems the Tennessee Tea Party didn't get the memo.
In a tweet after openly gay Representative Barney Frank announced his decision not to seek re-election in 2012, the group tweeted this:
That's right, the group calls the Congressman a "perverted sodomite piece of shit." Real classy...
(Hat tip to Americablog Gay)
Update after the break.
Tea Party Nation President, Judson Phillips, has issued a statement about the tweet:
This statement does nothing to advance the goals of the Tea Party movement and goes a long way towards offending people we need to be involved. Barney Frank is the worst congressman in the last century, but dumb comments like that tweet do not help our cause.
The Tennessee Equality Project has also put out a statement:
The Tennessee Equality Project condemns the comments made by the Tennessee Tea Party about Congressman Barney Frank. Name-calling and bigotry have no place in our public debates. Americans can disagree without denying one another's humanity. Attacking an accomplished public official based on sexual orientation or gender identity shows the need for an open discussion about discrimination. If adults don't set a good example, we can't expect to address issues like bullying in our schools or discrimination on the job. TEP is ready to have an adult discussion with the people of Tennessee.