Is Sean Bielat for real? The GOP candidate taking on Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is surely a longshot, but Frank is taking him seriously, as this fundraising email demonstrates:
Earlier this year, I realized that a powerful coalition of right-wing organizations would target me in the upcoming election. Now this has become a reality.
My opponent, a virtual unknown in Massachusetts, has suddenly been heavily promoted by a national coalition of right-wing forces. He raised four hundred thousand dollars last month alone and he says that he is expecting a wave of independent expenditures from outside organizations — despite election rules against collaborating with them.
I need your help to oppose these powerful forces.
Last summer at a town hall meeting, I stood up to right-wing activists who outrageously compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. The Right has never forgiven me for this, and they are now mounting a coordinated attack against me in order to put fear in the heart of anyone show dares stand up to them. I have been named me one of the top “Tea Party Targets” in the country.
The Right desperately wants to defeat me not only because I am outspoken, but because I am effective. Recently, I led successful efforts to pass what the Washington Post called “the most sweeping reform of Wall Street since the Great Depression.” The bill creates strong consumer protections and establishes a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which will be headed by Elizabeth Warren. We passed this law over the opposition of almost every Republican in Congress and of some of the most powerful institutions in the country.
Now these forces want me to pay for that success.