Barney Frank not seeking re-election in 2012
November 28th, 2011
09:46 AM ET
2 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. Harpotoo

    Nothing wrong with Fannie & Freddie eh Barney?!?!?!

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. JM

    Being a Republican, I concur – terms limits for all.

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. crcs1

    Being a Republican, I have to say I agree with everything in your post. See, how easy it is to come together.

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Loco Jack

    Barney "Mumbles" Frank is the single greatest argument for term limitations of all time.

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. g.r.r.

    da, you are correct. We need not just term limits with public financing of elections, controls on pols (esp. their stock), and a weak BBA. If we do 2 amendments, then we would be OK.

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Anonymous

    It's Mass. Im sure he'll be replaced by a like minded politician.

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. danthefan

    wow im agreeing with a democrat. its past time for term limits.

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Windriver

    Good! Another one bites the dust afraid of the next election.

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Big Mouth Cowboy

    I wish we could do Thanksgiving again...I would pray how grateful I am that he will no longer be a burr on the butt of the American political landscape. Thank you, Lord, for once again answering our prayers!

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Norwegianbear

    Well they have spent all our money, so its time to go home. The party is over.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Bob

    As a Conservative, I agree. It's common ground (and common-sense) that dems and repubs can agree on. Term limits benifit the majority and limits the power of niche groups with their special interest issues. Having limited time in office, the politicians can devote their time to the most important issues that affect the most people. It's how it should be.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. RD Blakeslee

    Senator Chris Dodd has already done this,

    The two men most directly responsible for the strong arming of US banks to adopt unsound lending practices and bundle the bad loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, thus bringing down the housing industry and causing millions of decent folks who carry the load in this country to lose the equity in their homes, are now gone.

    They did thousands of time more damage to ordinary folks than did Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme.

    Both Dodd and Frank will get large Federal Pensions, as will the folks who run Fannie and Frddie, along with their multi-million dollar bonuses.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Dave Moore

    Thanks..Barney. You have now risen to the level we all thought you would, or maybe sunk.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Tom Reynal

    Its about time - Barney your worthless legacy is your 'brilliant' oversight on Financial committees, most notably what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is left with because of all of the mortgage "entitlements" you made the industry issue.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Mike

    A great day for our Republic, if true. Except, he should have been removed from office for ethical violations long ago. Out now is better than never out.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Djm159

    We do have term limits for members of congress – its called elections. Barney Frank, Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Maxine Waters, John (I served in Viet Nam) Kerry, etc. are corrupt does not necessarily mean all are corrupt. Get rid of the crooks and thieves, and keep the remaining two congressman and let them do their job. My personal opinion is "throw them all out" and start fresh. If 12 members of congress, aka the "Super Committee" can handle such important decision such as cutting money from the budget, why do we need the other 523 members of congress? Why are we paying them $174,000 + per year, in addition to all they can steal. Why don't we keep the do-nothing 12 members of Congress and throw the rest out, along with Obama, the do-nothing, inexperienced, amateurish petulant child and start fresh with a true leader, not a Marxist community organizer. Then, that will happen in November won't it?

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Morrissey, Mike

    Term limits are in place! Every two years for the House. We voters need to be more tuned in and "throw the bums out" when necessary.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. John

    The man is a crook and should be taken out in chains for all the money he has wasted and the financial ruin he has propagated. But no, he will live off the Government and all the delayed bribes from corporations for the rest of his life. The entire system is corrupt and may not be salvageable.

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Chip D

    Freddie Mac must haave offered him a $20 Million a year job....

    November 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. muscadine

    Being one of, if not the most corrupt congressmen presently serving, his departure is long overdue. Now if we can get rid of Charlie Rangle, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Loretta Sanchez, etc., etc., would be a good thing for our country.

    November 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Michele

    He will leave rich while the rest of us are suffering – our retirments depleted by his shenanigans!

    November 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Michael

    Throw a monkey wrench in the the US economy by helping to create the Fannie/Freddie housing bubble crisis along with the Dodd-Frank financial reform nonsense and then run for the hills. Typical progressive.

    November 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. jt

    the chickens have come home to roost

    November 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. will

    Thank GOD !!

    November 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Jerry

    I guess he's done wrecking the economy, time to go home. Well done Barney.

    November 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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