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. Jeff

    Terrible congressman. Typical liberal. Wish he would have announced this the day after he was first elected.

    November 28, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Rich

    Barney Frank is a waste of a human being.

    November 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. wag

    When the ship goes down, the rats jump off.

    November 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Phoebe

    And for the record I think Barney Frank should be in jail.

    November 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Aarradin

    Barney, Chris Dodd, Franklin Raines and the whole crew at Fannie/Freddie ought to be in federal prison.

    I suspect he's retiring because its no fun being in the minority in the House. Over the next year, there will likely be a whole host of longtime D's in the House announcing their sudden desire to 'spend more time with their families'.

    November 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Kansas Mom

    Best news I've heard in a long time – Merry Christmas to all of us!

    November 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. brett

    To those that want term limits – We already have them. Every 4-6 yrs we can send them home.

    I say send all the elites repubs and dem's home and get constitutional defenders to protect the American people from the destroyers

    November 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. john

    Makes one wonder; what he was caught doing???
    As an indepent I say they all have to go! We as a nation need to end the political class and replace it with citizen government!

    November 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Gary Smith

    I'm surprised the people of Taxachusetts haven't voted him out a long time ago.

    November 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Strigas

    Franks needs to be "frog" walked out of the Capitol and be arrested for malpractice as a Congressman. He and Chris Dodd received sweetheart deals while serving and misused public tax dollars. They both along with Maxine Waters deserve a "perb" walk to jail ... they all are sickening to even look at much less to be regarded as public servants. I maintain that the unholy trinity as Frank, Dodd, and Waters conspired to push the housing market over the edge right before the '08 election thus causing the crisis that propelled Obama into office. 17 times the Bush administration warned that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were imploding and each time one of the unholy trinity said "There's no problem" even suggesting the Bush admininstration was racist for pointing out the problem! Good Riddance Frank! You Perv!

    November 28, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Steve S

    Avoiding prosecution in all probability!

    November 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Diane in Michigan

    Ding dong the witch is dead!
    good time for barney to step down – AFTER he and friends cleaned up financially on the mortgage mess...

    November 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Jeff Clark

    Being an Independent, able to think for myself, rather than some political party telling me how, I would like to say, Thank You God. This man destroyed my business that I worked so incredibly hard for. Giving home loans to anything that defecated so they didn't feel bad by not be able to afford a home was a major factor in the housing crisis. I was making $10,000 a month until this fool ruined MY American Dream. Term Limits Now! Goodbye Bawney, maybe now you will have time to go see a speech therapist.

    November 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Buck

    This egomaniac must have something about to fall on his head for him to give up the limelight and money. He's a discrace to the govenment, but whats new about that most of them are. Hopefully Pelosi and Reid will be next, theyve screwed us about as much as they can, so theyll move on. The American people must force referendums for term limits because these thieves will never do it themselves.

    November 28, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Monique Manna

    Good! There should be term limits too...things certainly need to change. For the people by the people needs to be brought back into politics!

    November 28, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. freeman

    Barney Frank should be charged with operating a ponzi scheme, cuffed and marched through crowds of media just like Madoff and the Enron guy... only problem with that is they'd never report it, and FOX News would be called liars if they did.

    November 28, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. bob

    That's the best news I have heard in a long time, maybe he can talk Obama out of running.

    November 28, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Galinda

    Won't matter, idiot dems from mass will put another morally bankrupt flaming liberal jerk in his place.

    November 28, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. gduckd

    WOW- Barney made a good deal. "get out before they found out" The scandal must have have been so big even the ego rich Barney Frank knew he could not stutter his way out of it. I have a feeling he just gut hooked his partners in crime. The heads will start rolling after the 1st of the year.

    November 28, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Bod

    Good riddence but, before I get to happy I can help but wonder/worry what that goof ball district, that kept re-electing Barney to congress, will send to congress in his place.

    November 28, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. shawn

    Good Riddance!!

    November 28, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. SuperD

    While this is good news, don't be surprised if he gets replaced with someone just like him. I smell scandals too.

    November 28, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. GLB

    Good riddance. He should be doing prison time. He might actually enjoy all the attention.

    November 28, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Jan

    Wow. First Chris Dodd, now Barney Frank. Does this mean that there is no such thing as "too big to fail"? I certainly hope so.

    November 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. seshan

    I think he resinged to avoid going to jail. remeber all those unverified mortgagges Banks were forced to give to people who were living in this ocuntry illegally as also peole without any verifiable incomes.Barney was teh main culprit.His boyfriend was a director at Fanni Mae and made good money before bailing out.

    November 28, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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