WASHINGTON -- Beware, Wisconsin, because a "radical lesbian" is poised to take over one of your Senate seats and behave like "Barney Frank in a dress," according to Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner.
In a column titled "Radical Lesbian Knocking On Senate Door," Kuhner writes in Thursday's paper that Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who is running for U.S. Senate against Republican Tommy Thompson, doesn't just want to make history by becoming the first openly lesbian senator in history. Because she is gay, she also wants to advance "the destructive sexual revolution of the 1960s."
"She is ... a postmodern socialist who wants government to underwrite birth control pills and homosexual unions," Kuhner wrote. "Ms. Baldwin has made no secret of her lesbian lifestyle. She is a vocal supporter of gay pride and the LGBT community." Kuhner criticizes Baldwin, a 12-term congresswoman in Wisconsin's 2nd District, for her advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community, such as encouraging LGBT candidates to run for elected office, voting to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and backing same-sex marriage.
"The homosexual lobby is no longer interested in tolerance," reads the column. "Proponents such as Ms. Baldwin want something more: legitimacy that is enshrined in law."
And while Thompson is "a feisty conservative who embraces small government and traditional morality," Kuhner writes that Baldwin is so far out of the mainstream that she is effectively the female version of another openly gay member of Congress, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
"The last thing [Wisconsinites] need is Barney Frank in a dress," he concludes.
A Baldwin campaign spokeswoman declined to comment. Requests for comment from Thompson's campaign and Frank were not immediately returned.
This isn't the first time Baldwin's sexuality has been a target in the campaign. Thompson's political director Brian Nemoir last month sent out an email and posted a Twitter message questioning Baldwin's suitability for office due to her being gay.
"Clearly, there's no one better positioned to talk 'heartland values' than Tammy," Nemoir wrote.
Thompson later apologized for his top aide, saying he was "very upset" by his staffer's action.
Baldwin is currently leading Thompson by more than 4 percentage points, per HuffPost Pollster.