Barney Frank Disco Dances in Attack Ad

Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) speaks during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee July 22, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AP

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), the powerful chair of the House Financial Services committee, is criticized in a new attack ad for "danc[ing] around the issues."

And while the spot from Republican challenger Sean Bielat is undeniably amusing, it also raises eyebrows for portraying the openly gay Democrat as "a hip-swerving disco queen in a rumpled suit," as TPM puts it.

Frank loaned his campaign $200,000 this weekto fend off an unexpectedly strong challenge from Bielat, a 35-year-old Marine with an Ivy League pedigree who remains a significant underdog. Bielat released an internal poll last month showing him trailing Frank by ten points.

The Tea Party Express is raising money for Bielat in an appeal that labels Frank "one of the worst liberals in Congress." Republicans would be thrilled to topple the 15-term incumbent, who has not faced much in the way of serious challenges in recent years.


Brian Montopoli is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of his posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.

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