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. gail

    Good to know. Be nice to hear him to say that he's sorry he drove the country to the brink through Fannie and Freddie, but he won't.

    November 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. George

    I'll miss you, Barney. Thanks for everything.

    November 28, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. DemWhisperer

    Awesome!

    Unfortunatley Maxine Waters is next in line to take his place on the Financial Services Commitee.

    The democrats have the staff the entire congress with losers three and four deep.

    November 28, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. JustAGuy

    Reminds me of some lirycs of a Steve Miller song:

    Go on and take the money and run,
    Go on and take the money and run,
    Go on and take the money and run,
    Go on and take the money and run

    November 28, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. slobro

    Take the money and run! You got us into this economic disaster with your housing bills and now you run away when it hits the fan!

    November 28, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. islander

    He's worked hard for years and is entitled now to spend more time with his wife. Isn't he? What? Oh.... sorry.

    November 28, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. James

    He should resign now and then Congress should repeal the Frank Dodd Act....the worse price of legislation in decades.

    November 28, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Ed 1

    About time he is one of the reasons the housing industry is in the mess they are.

    An American Dream is earned not given and that was what he and Dodd were doing giving not earning.

    I saved in order to get my first house and it took a lot of work and saving people should try that and not demand it's their right to have the American Dream.

    Good by and enjoy the retirement that's second to none you didn't earn it.

    November 28, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. MK

    He won't seek re-election in 2012, so that he can seek more erections in 2012.

    November 28, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Leslie

    Barney will be HUGELY MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 28, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. me

    Instead of term limits can't the ballots indicate ICB, incumbant? Most folks aren't sure of who is in place at the time. ICB would help them vote responsibly.

    November 28, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. JCM

    Now if we can undue everything he did in the past 16 years. Goodbye Barney

    November 28, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Snapura

    Good. Now let's get rid of the rest of the career politicians.

    November 28, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Ratt

    Rat's leaving a sinking ship, Hahahahahahahaaa.

    November 28, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. jj

    It so sad to hear the comments from people who don't know Barney. He has represented his district with their interest at heart. If the people who are posting about Freddie/Fannie (which did help contribute to the mess) read Barney's testimony and the Congressional hearing transcripts he held, particularly in 2006 where he warned the Republican controlled House there would be trouble. He tried many, many, times to rein in Freddie/Fannie from investing in risky Real Estate mortgage loans but the Republicans encouraged by the GWBush 2005 speech on everyone owing a home push the subprime mortgages right into the hands of Freddie/Fannie which should have never happened. Facts should matter more than the right wing demogoging.

    November 28, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. unknown11

    I am mixed on this. He never really took responsibility for his part in the whole home lone debacle, and I am not sure that I have every heard him say anything that was not inflamitory. He will not be missed. However, I still have to wonder about the residents of Massachusetts continuing to send this guy to Washington. It just seems to me that he must have really brought home the bacon or something. I never could understand sending this guy term after term.

    November 28, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Jason

    Fine time to reveal the ego behind his bluster. We have a chance to show the TP in the House as the do nothings they've been to uninformed voters, and he chooses to quit now?! selfish. Good riddance.

    November 28, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. unknown11

    He will not be missed.

    November 28, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. clawhammer jake

    The man is in his 70s. He has been a congressman for 32 years. It is time to retire. Why does anyone make more of it than that?

    November 28, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Jack

    Am sorry to see him leave.

    November 28, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. who's next

    One down, 500 or so to go

    November 28, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. DaveT

    If you want change forget about which party you belong to. Do not vote for any incumbant at all. We all lose but we also all win. Hows that for fair and balanced. Good bye Barney I only wish you had retired sooner before you helped wipe out the housing market.

    November 28, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. SixDegrees

    Good. After this year's performance, the fewer incumbents the better. Especially when they are part of the ongoing hyper-partisan problem infesting Congress as a whole. I'd like to hear of more such resignations, from both sides of the aisle.

    November 28, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. unknown11

    Don't let the door smack you in the butt on the way out.

    November 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Lesseee. He is following Chris Dodd out the gate. Maybe Obama can get him to do one of those Shovel Ready Jobs Obama touted.

    November 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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