Sadly the hysterics are not far off...
Because that's exactly what they are thinking.
Twitter user @FlyingwithFish has investigated TSA policy for months, including this new 'enhanced' pat-down procedure, and found that the TSA agents who have to perform the pat-downs would prefer not to have to. He also found that those in hysterics over the millimeter and backscatter machines and the enhanced patdowns are worried exactly over "who touches their junk" (in the parlance of one engineer who was subjected to it at San Diego Airport and who now potentially faces an $11,000 fine over his behaviour).
The hysterics over people of the same sex performing 'enhanced' pat-downs (nevermind the logic of "would you rather have a WOMAN touch your junk" or vice versa for female passengers) are becoming tiresome to be honest, and this politician is just taking ruthless advantage of this wave of righteous indignation to score points.