Barney Frank Not Running For Re-Election

BOSTON (CBS) – Rep. Barney Frank of Newton will not seek re-election to Congress in 2012.

Frank, a Democrat, formally announced his retirement in a news conference at Newton City Hall Monday afternoon.

He told reporters he now plans to work on writing, teaching and lecturing.

“I don’t ever have to pretend to be nice to people I don’t like,” Frank said about his leaving office.

WBZ’s Jon Keller is at large:

He was first elected to Congress in 1980 and has served 16 terms.  He’s 71 years old.

Frank is also the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.

A lifelong liberal, he was one of the first members of Congress to announce that he is gay.

He represents the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts, which was recently redrawn.

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It’s losing heavily Democratic New Bedford, but keeping Brookline, Newton and Wellesley.

Frank said he had planned to run one more time, but the new redistricting map became an issue, because there are now thousands of people in his district that he has never represented.

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“It’s a big loss for Massachusetts and a big loss for the country,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz spoke with Democrats

“Congressman Frank and I may have been on opposite sides of the political aisle, but we also found issues of common purpose where we worked together, such as standing up for our state’s veterans and fishermen. I have always admired his tenacity and advocacy, and respect his service on behalf of Massachusetts,” Sen. Scott Brown said in a statement.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

“This country has never had a Congressman like Barney Frank, and the House of Representatives will not be the same without him,” President Obama said in a statement.

“Barney’s passion and his quick wit will be missed in the halls of Congress, and Michelle and I join the people of the Bay State in thanking him for his years of service.”

What do you think?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Bob

    ABOUT TIME!!! One of the most corrupt politicians in Washington. How much did he make off Freddie and Fannie, claiming they were sound — Knowing they weren’t?? I guess this is what happens when they start looking into insider trading and congress. Look for Kerry to go next!!!

    • petem

      potato, potato…he was paid to build relationships with members of congress who were not in Fannie/Freddie’s corner. that is known as lobbying. you can call it consulting if that makes the voices in your head quieter…

    • petem

      I’m sure you’re right…after all, Newt waited til after he left; oh wait he was forced to leave over ethics violations…anyway I’m sure the guy who lobbied for them and took 1.6mil while beating them over the head every chance he got will be a great candidate for president.

      • BostonIrish

        Tsal, I wish! Newt Gingrich is a conservative thug! Smug and Holier-Than-Thou!

      • Tsal

        BI. Hahahahahaha. The Christmas spirit seems to have you in it’s grips.

        So can newt go with him then???

      • BostonIrish

        tsal, YYYYAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I couldn’t be any happier!!!! I will never say ANYTHING good about Barney Frank!!! Arrogant, corrupt and over-the-top hypocritical are his GOOD qualities!!! Good-bye to bad rubbish!!!!!!

        Next, the Occupy Boston group will demand he stay!!! Hahahaha!!! Oh, this is good news, this is VERY good news!!!

      • Stuffed

        Hey Moron, he didn’t lobby, he consulted. And at least he wasn’t banging the head of the company like Barn Barn was.

      • tsal

        stuffed – if he consulted then he KNEW exactly what was going on – no argument there – yet people are defending him – and even worse considering him as our next president.

        Nice name calling by the way

    • gramps

      He’ll be building & helping the economy in retirement, by opening a new business & creating job’s, the ‘Barney’s-Job’s’ corp LLC……

      Barney will be joining forces with Anthony Weiner (D-Ret. NY) in a new business….’Frank’s & Weiners”, the ‘Progressive HOT DOG’…..

      Chris Dodd will be their ‘Director of marketing’, spreading the product, “Countrywide”!


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  • Ellen

    Great news. Just can’t believe how this moron got reelected in the first place.

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  • clymer

    Thank you Santa, this is the best Christmas present ever

  • boater

    Thank GOD!

  • advguild

    My question is…. How did this guy ever get elected?!

    • Enough

      stupid Massachusetts Liberals

  • FireGuyFrank


    Yet have a feeling there might be more to the story… Call me jaded.

    • Jeginathol

      Agree…I’m sure he and Olver were given a sweet bribe to step down

  • massman

    Too bad, he’s done some great things as our representative. You’ll be missed.

    • tsal

      agreed massman – I also hear from family and friends outside of MA how admired he is.

      • Italo

        Ditto. Oops, that’s right, he was a politician who didn’t shy away from stating exactly what was on his mind. I keep forgetting that’s not allowed if someone decides to run for elected office anymore–they have to memorize the party script and not stray from it even if they are being pried by a tsunami for a F5 tornado!

      • tsal

        Italo – :))))

    • johnnyangel10

      Name one

  • Jeginathol

    It’s about time…what a disgusting disgrace for Massachusetts that this man kept getting reelected. He should be going out in handcuffs for his part in Fannie and Freddie. Not to mention all of the illegal activity his lovers were engaged in that he knew nothing about even tho he lived with them…no loss for MA, just a rat deserting a sinking ship

  • sunny

    thank god the country is better of with out him, no lets pray that john takes the hint and leaves

  • Son

    One less disturbing individual in the Swamp.

  • boitsky

    Goodbye Mr. Mumbles! Now you will have lots of time outside the limelight to do what you truely want to do. Maybe a nice vacation with Mr. Weiner. Oh, yeah, get some teeth with your pension money supplied with my tax dollars.

  • massman

    TSAL – There are only two things the right knows about Mr. Frank. He’s a Democrat, and he’s gay. After that, facts don’t matter.

    • BostonIrish

      Santa got my letter!!!! YYYAAAYYYY!!!!!!

      massman, I don’t care that he’s democrat or gay. He was the absolute and sole person of influence to crush Fannie and Freddie. Gigantic conflict of interest the entire time. Should have been removed from that position long ago. Save the gender bender argument for some other topic. This is real politics and real impact on the financial handlings of such important financial institutions as Freddie and Fannie.

    • Stanley11

      massman, tell us some of those facts. We already know about Fannie and Freddie, so there’s no need to revisit that one.

    • response

      He was one of only 3 reps who voted AGAINTS the Rspect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act.

      There is a lot I know about him and the rest of the right as well.
      For someone who has held his position for so long, he could have done so much to help others, instead, he helped made a laughing stock out of this state.

  • KK

    Thank God! So long sucka!

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  • John A

    Do you think Barney and Chris Dodd both decided to bail because their Fannie & Freddie , and House and Senate Banking Committee antics were begining to take on an odor a bit like last months garbage. Go now, preserve that Pension, say good- by while you still can: what a couple of dirt bag crooks they are. Maybe we’ll see Barney doing some Elmer Fudd voiceovers with all the extra time he’ll have in the near future.

    • tsal

      yes because as we all know the banks and mortgage companies didn’t need regulation – they were doing just fine on their own

      • petem

        as they say on Huff Post; fanned and faved!

  • andyme

    Funny tsal, when I lived in Virginia most people felt that Mass resents were a fodder for a good laugh reelecting him. You travel in funny cirlces, probably just like Barney.

    • tsal

      I can’t help but wonder why the so many feel it makes their point of view more valid when punctuated with insults or in some way degrading those who do not share their opinion. Do you honestly believe you have the only right opinion?

  • Mondoray

    Excellent news! I bet he will end up as a paid contributor for the Boston Globe or a travel “consultant” to Thailand.

  • emom

    SO who will be the next joker to take his seat and how will they mess up this state even further.

  • Xray

    His assets still need to be seized. Where is the Occupy Wall street now? Occupy Wall street needs to occupy his assets. Start by occupying the front lawn of all his homes, places of business and his corrupt buddies lawns and places of business. Their lawns are nice and plush to set up tent. You won’t need a sleep mat. Now go Occupy correctly and make it worth while for America and the media to get real news with real substance.

  • steve mcfadden

    When barnie leaves this world he won’t be taking any of his stolen $$$ with him.

  • Liz Thompson

    Several months ago the Daily Rash ran a post claiming Barney Franks was in salary negotiations with DreamWorks studios to portray Elmer Fudd in Steven Spielberg’s new “Loony Tunes” movie. I guess Barney got the role!


    guess who takes bwaneeys place as senior rep…..guess who? MAXINE WATERS…. BAD TO WORSE….

  • massman

    TSAL – Here is Barney Frank’s voting record. I’d say the man did a very good job for his constituents, but I’ll let you judge for yourself.

    I’m also attaching this article for your enjoyment. It contains some brutally honest, yet amusing statements regarding Newt Gingrich and the Republican party.

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