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Tennessee Tea Party takes heat over Barney Frank tweet

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The Tennessee Tea Party is trying to repair the fallout, following a derogatory post about  Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank. Frank, who is openly gay, announced he will retire and not seek another term in congress.

The news of Franks retirement brought a derogatory tweet on the Tennessee Tea Party's twitter feed. The remark was also posted on the party's Facebook page as well. The tweet called Frank a pervert, and used a number of derogatory terms about franks homosexuality.

Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project was told of the tweet shortly after it was posted. What angers Sanders is that the person who tweeted the comment didn't talk about Frank's policies, but rather his sexual orientation.

"They chose to use terms that degrade the gay community. Can we keep the debate on policy, can we not get personal about people. Do you really have that much hate?," said Sanders.

The post has been taken off the Tea Party's Facebook page. The president of the Tennessee Tea Party Tami Kilmarx said in a Facebook post.

"I am totally and completely responsible for anything produced by one of our staff or moderators. I am appalled by the language in the commentary. While privately and inwardly I may agree with the commentary, it is completely irresponsible for any one of us to write these kinds of commentaries. The individual who has written this commentary has been duly dealt with," said Kilmarx in a Facebook post.

Chris Sanders of The Tennessee Quality Project says words are not so easy to forget.

"The fact is, they've put themselves out there, they've owned this, and they have to deal with the fall out," said Sanders. 

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