Sean Bielat, who is challenging openly
gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank for his seat, has defended
the military's ban on open gay service.
This is Bielat's first run at elected
office, but the Marine and business consultant appears to be closing
in on the Democratic incumbent, once considered a shoo-in.
In an interview with the Boston
Herald, Bielat insisted there was no “absolute right to serve.”
“Men under the height of 5 feet, 2
inches can't serve – I don't see anybody protesting. Where are the
people standing in front of the White House, the short guy standing
in front of the White House? You don't see it,” the Republican
The 35-year-old Bielat has earned the
endorsement of former Alaska Governor and Tea Party favorite Sarah
Palin, but has rejected claims that he identifies with the Tea Party.
Bielat also opposes gay marriage.
Massachusetts became the first state to legalize the institution five
Earlier in the month, Christine
O'Donnell, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from
Delaware, defended the law that has ended the military careers of
over 13,000 gay or bisexual service members, saying Congress should
not “be forcing a social agenda on to our military