Monday’s announcement that Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., would retire from Congress came as welcome news for the Tennessee Tea Party. But the organization’s method of celebrating on social media is causing a stir more than 1,000 miles away from Frank’s home state. As word spread that Frank would not seek reelection, both the Twitter and Facebook accounts of the Tennessee Tea Party posted: “Good riddance you perverted sodomite POS!!” While the Facebook post has since been deleted, the tweet led to outrage from members of the Tennessee Equality Project, along with Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips. After the post from the Tea Party, the account linked to the gay rights group replied: “Your comment re: Rep Frank is a new low. Your movement has been coopted by people who hate liberty &, um, people in general.” Another post from the group later read: “No movement that claims the mantle of God and liberty can call a fellow citizen, a fellow human a “perverted sodomite POS.” There has been no reply from the Tea Party on Twitter. In an email to The Tennessean, Shelby County resident Judson Phillips, who helped organize the first National Tea Party convention, called the tweet “totally uncalled for.” “Comments like that do not help the conservative movement,” he said.