Barney Frank not seeking re-election in 2012
November 28th, 2011
09:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Barney Frank not seeking re-election in 2012

Washington (CNN) - Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, a prominent 16-term liberal Democrat and arch-enemy of political conservatives nationwide, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from Frank's office.

Frank, 71, will hold a news conference in his district to discuss the decision at 1 p.m.

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  1. da

    Being a Democrat, I have to say it is time for him to step down and for that matter a lot of those who have served double digit terms both Republican and Democrat need to step down!! It is time we have term limits for members of Congress!!

    November 28, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Excellent news. He must have inside information that Dodd-Frank is going to be repealed.

    For those of us residing in the People's Republic of Massachusetts, this is an early Christmas present.

    November 28, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. MD

    good riddance!!!

    November 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Eric

    Oh happy day!

    November 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. m9777

    ...now that all damage is done!

    November 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Jor-el

    16 years too late to save this country....

    November 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Weasler

    HALLELUJAH!!!! Goodbye and good riddance!!!

    I'm going to bet the gay slime sees the handwriting on the wall, and that the Demoshits are going
    to be DESTROYED next year. I LOVE IT!!!

    Thank you, God in Heaven, for this very nice Christmas present!

    November 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. n8dog

    We already have term limits, they're called ELECTIONS.

    November 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Jeff

    The investigators must be hot on his trail!

    November 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. GTG

    Thank goodness – this baffoon is one of the people most responsible for the sub-prime housing mess. SOOO happy he will be GONE. Only hate that he'll be getting retirement pay...

    November 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Mark

    16 terms too late.

    November 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Richard

    Great news, there really is a God!

    November 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Terry

    He did enough damage protecting Fannie and Freddie....yes, we need to get more career politicians out of office and set term limits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. duh

    about time, many in Congress should follow her lead

    November 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Yogi

    I guarantee 100% he will be a VERY WEALTHY man within two years.

    November 28, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Mike

    Barney Frank will soon join MSNBC or CNN for his savy political insight. Excuse me, I just threw up in my mouth...........

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Jon

    Time for Barney to now make the REALY BIG BUCKS as a lobbyist/advisor....

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. higgins1990

    Cut a deal to avoid prosecution, most likely.

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. catherwood

    Not having Barney Frank around would be like finally removing the gum from the bottom of your shoe.L

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. sk

    @da

    ... being a conservative/republican, couldn't agree more ... past time for spring cleaning on both sides of isle and in both houses

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Ryan

    This is the most patriotic thing Barnie has done in his entire political career.

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. John John

    Thank God! Man has been a train wreck...

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. NCTRIGUY

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are going to be disapointed

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. blankone

    Its a good thing considering 2012 election will be even worse than the 2010 election for the Dems....

    November 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. SockRayBlue

    Why bother with re-election? It is obvious how many democrats and republicans made their fortunes. Barney's made his fortune and then some. Time to leave before the republican ethics committee is formed in 2013.

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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