October 12th, 2010
04:52 PM ET
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Tea Party Express says they'll target Barney Frank

(CNN) – Tea Party Express says they'll add Rep. Barney Frank to their list of lawmakers they're targeting in November's midterm elections.

The national Tea Party organization Tuesday announced that it will go up with ads against the 15-term Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and will hold a rally in the state near the end of their upcoming cross-country bus tour.

The Sacramento based group kicks off their fourth tour, called "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box," next Monday. The trip starts in Nevada, where the group will once again target Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Tea Party Express is a major backer of Reid's Republican challenger, former Nevada lawmaker Sharron Angle.

Tuesday the organization, in an email to supporters, said "Big news everyone – the Tea Party Express has added Barney Frank as one of our top targets for defeat in the November 2nd Midterm Elections."

The email asked for donations to help defeat Frank.

Tea Party Express officials tell CNN that they'll run ads in Frank's district and will also target the congressman when they hold a rally in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 1, the last day of their cross-country bus trip.

Worcester, in central Massachusetts, is not in the congressman's district. The fourth congressional district, which Frank has represented for 30 years, is located in southeast Massachusetts. Frank has never scored below 60 percent of the vote in any of his re-election victories in the heavily Democratic district. But the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, who has had a large role in financial services reform, as well as dealing with the subprime mortgage and home foreclosure issues, has become a target for conservatives.

CNN has reached out to the congressman for a reaction to the move by the Tea Party Express and is awaiting a comment.

Frank faces off in November against GOP nominee Sean Bielat, a Marine reservist. Frank's re-election campaign says they are up with television commercials in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, the two television markets that cover the district.

The Cook Political Report, a top non-partisan political handicapper, rates the race as likely Democratic, while the Rothenberg Political Report, another leading non-partisan political handicapper, describes the contest as safe for the Democrat.

Tea Party Express spent around $250,000 on ads to help Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts, who upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a January special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat.

"Massachusetts voters proved that they're sick of liberal career politicians who are out of touch with the nation, and it's time to send Barney into retirement" says the Tea Party Express, in a statement to CNN.

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Filed under: 2010 • Barney Frank • Massachusetts • Tea Party movement
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Person

    The tea bigots already through homophobic slurs at him, so this is no surprise.

    October 12, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Paul Willson

    I may disagree witjh Mr Franks lifestyle but thats no one s buisness but his own at least IMHO. I think he has been a good politician and repprsentive of his district. I say this an an Canadian when he is on the news it is genrally a good something to listen to,.. Are the tea party types listening to anythying but their own voices ? Sure doesn't look that way.

    October 12, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Gale

    The Democrats have the nerve to call Republicans "good ole boy party". What do these illiterates call Franks and friends?

    October 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Elaine

    "Frank has never scored below 60 percent of the vote in any of his re-election victories..." To the Tea Party ignoramuses that means he's "out of touch with the nation." Duh...guess who's out of touch?

    October 12, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    First of all, the "Tea Party" was created and is funded by the Koch brothers. Secondly, their "Liberty at the Ballot Box" is simply a lie! The Koch Party (a.k.a. Tea Party) wants to TAKE AWAY Freedoms, for example, one of their candidates wants to prohibit Gays and unwed mothers from being teachers! Several other TeaParty candidates call Medicare "generational welfare" and others want to privatize Social Security which would be totally crazy!

    The poor saps that have fallen prey to the "Koch-Tea-Party" have no clue, that when they complain about taxes, 47% of Americans paid NO Federal taxes in 2010; they have no clue that the BIG Government they complain about GREW HUGE under a Republican president, George W. Bush!

    Liberty? I worry about my Freedom IF the GOP-Koch-TeaParty is elected in NOvember!

    October 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Orlando

    Im sure the real reason they wanna get rid of him is becauses hes openlyy gay...

    October 12, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let the Tea Party have their say, nothing will change because they are so "ill informed" about the politics of this Nation and trust me there is nothing they can do to change it. They don't control the "Money Powers" in this country even though they can raise "some" money. The Tea Party or any other party will never bring down the "Power Brokers" so save your vote and save your money.

    October 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Gale, are you calling Democrats "illiterates"? Are YOU kidding???? Its the poor saps falling prey to the Koch-TeaPartiers whose intelligence millions of us, question!

    October 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. kat

    I don't care who tries to get old Barney out of office, I will support them. After the mess he made of Fannie and Freddie, He deserves to go.

    October 12, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. D. Bunker

    Gale, in case you haven't noticed, the Dems welcome openly gay politicians and voters, whereas the GOBP gays have to stay in the closet while they hang around public mensrooms.

    Stated simply, the GOBP is the party of massive hypocrisy and no new ideas, just a slavish devotion to their Friedman/Rand cult of disproven ideas like deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, and globalism. Returning them to power would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruise ship. If you liked the ditch they drove America into last time, you're gonna love the canyon they're aiming for now!

    October 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. stufit

    A very worthy and much deserving target. More responsible for the housing mess which led to this recession than anyone and an absolutely arrogant, insulting person.

    October 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. kara

    This is gonna end ugly.

    October 12, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. stufit

    Lacrosse Mom-as opposed to the Soros Democrat liberal party?

    October 12, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    The tea pardiots are biting off more than they can chew. And I hope they choke on it!

    October 12, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Eric in Denver

    Barney Frank is your typical out of touch liberal that continues to get elected because of the overwhelmingly liberal district he represents. His policies have been terrible for this country and he has supported Pelosi on every one of her crazy left wing bills. I could care less if he is gay or bisexual or whatever the hell he is, the facts are that he is a terrible politician. @Lacrosse mom you really need to take it easy I think your socialistic ideas have really helped bring out your true anger. Just think 21 more days and your marxist representatives are going to be kicked to the curb. Maybe you and Sniffit can move to China or Venezuela to enjoy your true valuesi

    October 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. americanpapaagainstobozo

    You can see here, that even though there is not one word said by anyone about the sexual persuasion of Frank, some drug addled libertard has got to start calling anyone who is opposed to him "homophobic." Such is the way the drug addled minds of liberals work. Degrade, Demean and demonize. Not working this time. We are all wise to your slimy, corrupt tactics.

    October 12, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Bob in PA

    Barny should have been the target of every News organization in the US. This man is one of the inept reasons behing the economic meltdown. He continually passes blame and never has owned up to his role in all this. We need Term limits to prevent such abuse of power in the Congress.

    Koch brothers ain't got nothing to do with Americans disatifaction with the so called expert brains running our country.

    October 12, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. King

    These backward rednecks, closed minded, its worked for hundreds of years and still does tea baggers are trying ruin this country again. After watching the dems dragged us from a now considered depression their party threw us in. These people have the nerves. They bitch about socialism constant and most of them are on socialist programs. They bitch wanting us to stay a capitalist country. Yet they want to cut jobs from the people that creat demand and stimulate the economy and creat jobs. They want to give the rich more money just to sit on the sideline then forget about main steet. Thats why the rich love these nuts so bad because they sacrifice themselves and their country so the rich can distroy us again.

    October 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. jeff, alabama

    This arrogant horse's ass
    was as directly responsible
    for our financial collaspe as
    any person in America.
    He intimidated banks into
    making bad loans. He knew
    it and all the representatives
    in D.C. knew it. But he was
    the guy in charge and ignored
    warnings from the republicans.
    How the hell the republicans
    ending up getting the blame is
    a classic lesson in media
    brainwashing.

    October 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. chin, berkely

    This be the man who get caught playing with little boy pages
    in Capitol a few year back. How he get job he got now ?

    October 12, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. renee03

    Repub/TEA PARTY wins means $5.00/gas & you can bank on it!!!! Too many of some of them are in the oil business.

    October 12, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. kevin

    I don't care who he's in bed with at his house -I DO care who he's in bed with ON THE HILL, i.e. Bankers, Mortgage Companies and others that fill his campaign coffers. You think just because he is GAY he won't screw the voters? Corrupt as the next 'lifer' politician. This November, MARS ATTACKS! Aaaak Aaaak!

    October 12, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Geno2010

    So they're holding a rally....in a town that's not in the district where he is running for re-election...
    Do I really have to say anything more?

    October 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. kayla

    this just goes to show you how powerful barney is. if he was a weakling they would not go after him. just like pelosi, they are threats to the tea baggers. the silent majority will vote

    October 12, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Gee does this mean the Tea Partee is going go to the Koch brothers hat in hand and get donations? Or are they going to have the Chamber of commerce hit up Russia and Dubai (where being gay is illegal but camels are ok).

    October 12, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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