Former US Rep. Barney Frank sues over unfinished work on his home

Former US Rep. Barney Frank (right) waved while riding with his husband, James Ready, during the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade in 2014. Frank and Ready filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a construction contractor who they said abandoned the building of their home in Maine in May. Eric Risberg/Associated Press/File 2014

Former US Rep. Barney Frank and his husband, James Ready, are suing a construction contractor they said abandoned the building of their home in Maine.

Shaun Madden Contracting walked off the job in May after completing a little more than $200,000 worth of work, Frank and James Ready said in the lawsuit they filed Wednesday, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The couple paid $350,000 upfront for the construction of the home in Wells, the lawsuit states. They say Madden has returned $50,000, but they are asking a judge to order him to repay them more than $120,000, in part because he sited the home too close to a road, the newspaper reported.

Madden did not immediately return the newspaper’s request for comment.

Frank, 80, served 16 terms in Congress as a representative of Massachusetts and was the first member to come out as gay in 1987. He and Ready married in 2012.

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