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BARNEY FRANK ADMITS TO HAVING SEX WITH YOUNG MALE AIDE

The Washington Post
August 27, 1989 By Bill Dedman, Washington Post Staff Writer


TV Movie Led to Prostitute's Disclosures
'Mayflower Madam' Gave Gobie Idea


Prostitute and pimp Stephen L. Gobie settled in with his "girls" in his Georgetown town house one evening in late 1987 to watch "The Mayflower Madam" on television. As Candice Bergen portrayed upscale madam Sydney Biddle Barrows, Gobie's companions had an idea.

"The girls turned to me and said, 'You're just like her,' " Gobie recalled in an interview yesterday. "That's when I realized that I was in the middle of a developing story that could be worth something someday. I told them, 'One day, don't be surprised if you see me on TV.' "

Gobie's dream has come true. His accusation that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) knew that Gobie had operated a prostitution service out of Frank's Capitol Hill apartment became national news after it was first reported Friday by the Washington Times.

Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress, confirmed Friday that he paid Gobie for sex, hired him with personal funds as an aide and wrote letters on congressional stationery on his behalf to Virginia probation officials, but Frank said he fired Gobie when he learned that clients were visiting the apartment.

Frank, a leading House liberal, likened himself to Henry Higgins, who in "Pygmalion" tries to transform a cockney waif into a member of English society. Gobie dismissed that as "garbage." "This is not the case of the poor waif who is being sheltered," Gobie said. "This was the first time he felt good in a relationship. Here's a guy who didn't have a social life until he was 45."

Gobie's craving for public attention also has produced an uproar in Montgomery County. Gobie said he maintained a relationship with Gabriel A. Massaro, the principal of Chevy Chase Elementary School, and used an office at the school in late 1987 to make telephone calls and have one client meet a prostitute.

Massaro, who has been placed on administrative leave, has been unavailable for comment.

Gobie said his motive was largely financial. Gobie had offered his story to WUSA-TV (Channel 9), then the Washington Times. Later he came to The Washington Post, saying he was looking "to start a bidding war" for "a better offer" than the Washington Times made. He and the Times say he was not paid.

Gobie also said he wants "to show up people in positions of power who abuse other people."

Gobie expressed no regret for any damage done to the careers of Frank and Massaro.

Although Frank and Gobie differ in some details of their relationship, they agree on the story line. They met on April Fool's Day 1985. The representative answered a classified ad in the Washington Blade, the local gay weekly. "Exceptionally good-looking, personable, muscular athlete is available. Hot bottom plus large endowment equals a good time."

Then in his third term, the 45-year-old representative had not yet stated his homosexuality publicly. He paid Gobie $80 in cash for sex.

Gobie, then 28, was one of many young men "freelancing" in male prostitution. Gobie said he was born in Boston and grew up in a military family. He has felony convictions for possession of cocaine, oral sodomy and production of obscene items involving a juvenile.

Gobie and Frank say they became more friends than sexual partners. Gobie says he attended a bill-signing at the White House, and helped coach and played left field for Frank's team in the Congressional Softball League. "I was the star player," Gobie said.

Frank began to help Gobie financially, paying his attorney and court-ordered psychiatrist. The House member also said he hired Gobie as a personal aide, housekeeper and driver, but Gobie said that was a "cover story" concocted for probation officers.

In late 1985, Gobie says, he began to use Frank's apartment and two other locations for prostitution. Frank knew about the prostitution all along, but it was never explicitly discussed, Gobie says.

"He knew exactly what I was doing," Gobie said. "It was pretty obvious. If he had to come home early {from work}, he would call home to be sure the coast was clear . . . . He was living vicariously through me. He said it was kind of a thrill, and if he had been 20 years younger he might be doing the same thing."

Frank denies that he knew, saying he learned from his landlord and kicked Gobie out in August 1987. Gobie supports this part of Frank's story.

Gobie said his disclosures are only beginning. "I think I'll just slap a book together. Sydney Biddle Barrows made in excess of a million. I thought 'Capitol Offenses' would be a nice title."

1996 The Washington Post Co.


"Exceptionally good-looking, personable, muscular athlete is available. Hot bottom plus large endowment equals a good time."

Barney has such good taste in his young men.

Posted by: EyesWideOpen () *
09/18/98 19:28:02 EDT

To: EyesWideOpen

Q: What's hit more balls than McGwire or Sosa?

A: Barney Frank's chin.
From: incognito () *
09/18/98 19:40:41 EDT


To: EyesWideOpen
This must be posted to all appropriate newsgroups and web sites!
From: BobS (bobusa@earthlink.net) *
09/18/98 19:44:04 EDT

To: EyesWideOpen

"Exceptionally good-looking, personable, flabby-thighed jogger is available. Hot cigar plus small, bent endowment equals a good time."

Signed,
Bill from Pennsylvania Avenue

From: Lou Sander (LSander153@aol.com) *
09/18/98 19:48:31 EDT


To: BobS
Why lower yourself to the level of the White House? This is just more sleaze. It plays into the Dems mantra that everyone is doing it. Let the people he represents deal with it.
From: Eva () *
09/18/98 19:51:23 EDT

To: EyesWideOpen
Let's not demonstrate how successful the pornographic culture has been. These "jokes" are not funny, they're nauseating.

The article should be emailed to every news outlet in your area. They ran the other scandal stories, demand that they run this one.
From: Anthem (AnthemFR@yahoo.com) *
09/18/98 20:06:01 EDT


To: incognito
LOL! You're bad... hehe
From: Clinton's a liar (treason@thewhitehouse.is.sop) *
09/18/98 20:09:40 EDT

To: EyesWideOpen
Yawn!

Surprised?
From: advocate10 (()) *
09/18/98 20:12:45 EDT


To: Anthem
Barney Frank needs a pink sheet from the voters. Lets get all the perverts, and other types, out of the federal government.
From: chainsaw () *
09/18/98 20:16:10 EDT

To: EyesWideOpen
I'm a little confused about the date of this article. At the top, it says 1989, and at the bottom it says 1996. Which is it?
From: Rocky (emailname) *
09/18/98 20:54:58 EDT

To: Rocky
The link to the article is here: TV Movie Led to Prostitute's Disclosures

The article was written and published in print in 1989. It is my guess that it was posted to the Washington Post's website archive in 1996, hence the copyright date.
From: EyesWideOpen () *
09/18/98 21:12:32 EDT


To: EyesWideOpen
"BARNEY FRANK ADMITS TO HAVING SEX WITH YOUNG MALE AIDE"

His polling numbers must be THROUGH THE ROOF!
From: The Duke () *
09/18/98 21:20:07 EDT


To: Eva
Why lower yourself to the level of the White House?

There is no comparison.

The White House illegally obtained hundreds of FBI files on their enemies for the sole purpose of getting secret government information and then illegally leaking the damaging information.

The White House illegally pays private investigators to dig up dirt on their enemies.

The White House illegally uses taxpayer funds to support the illegal activities of Lezner and Carville digging up dirt on their enemies.

I posted an already written story to a website.

I am outraged at what is going on at my White House. I am outraged at what the effect of these people hare having on our nation's youth. These people do not deserve to represent the american people. Both don't even belong being members of the Boy Scouts of America.

I mean, look at what the article says. That a male prostition ring ran out of Barney Frank's house in Washington. That he payed for sex with a male prostitute. Dick Morris was booted for paying for a call girl to have sex with him. Frank even went as far as to pay this prostitute to be an aide for him.

There is a lot wrong in Washington, DC and our country. This article is just another example of our moral decay.

I expect more from our leaders.
From: EyesWideOpen () *
09/18/98 21:40:50 EDT


To: Lurkers - Welcome To Bwarney's Bwasement
And he thinks it's normal. Yeah, right.
From: Uncle Bill (emailname) *
11/19/98 19:47:57 PST

To: Bill O'Reilly

BTTT

1 Posted on 11/19/2000 18:44:43 PST by Uncle Bill
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