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. Gary

    barney knows he is about to spend a lot of time answering questions about what he has done and would rather not be around for that. he also knows it is better to not be around defending the garbage he has helped lead to passage that was generously termed "legislation". I hope justice finds barney. I hope the millions who have lost their livelihoods due to his ego regarding "every body deserves a home" and all that entailed find solace in that fact that justice will find barney.

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Joe

    LOL. Well I guess his boyfriend will be happy.

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Fred Buse

    Thanks Barney. 20 years too late though.

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. wendell harris

    Good – now lets get him fitted for a prison uniform. Its where he belongs.

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. john tomaino

    Good riddance! He is a poster boy for why we need term limits!

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. richtfan

    good riddance. he and chris dodd are most responsible for the financial collapse that we're enduring right now, and both need to be prosecuted for malfeasance and fraud.

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. pd

    Now that is the first thing I have heard from DC in a quite some time that makes sense......

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Bob

    I agree da. It is time to introduce term limits for all elected officials.

    November 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. pelicans

    Must be getting a lot of heat on the Freddie/Fannie mess

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

    Good Ridence!

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Richard Tinsley

    Thank God !!!!

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Michael B

    This has got to be the smartest decision by a Democrat ever. Nobody has done more than Frank to destroy our economy. The entire sub-prime debacle can be laid as his feet.
    But, not to worry. Barney will have a lucrative career in Hollywood as the voice of Elmer Fudd.

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. disgusted

    Good riddance. People like him should be prosecuted for what they did to our country.

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Bob

    About time, personally he should be thrown into jail for his part in the economic mess we are in now.

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Peter

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

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. kenny

    Somewhere on Wall Street a banker is sobbing.

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Jimmy

    Must be awaiting a cushy job on the outside. Thanks Barney

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Kazwell

    My prayers were answered!!! Maybe there truly is "hope" after all!!!!

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. fbysea

    They get booted out if they don't do a good job. Why have term limits and force good people out to replace them with inexperienced hot heads who are the flavor of the day? He wouldn't have lasted 16 terms if he weren't worthy.

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Disgusted

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. This guy's fingerprints are all over the Fannie&Freddy mess. He could be the poster child for term limits.

    November 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    A wise decision, Mr. Franks.

    November 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Daisy

    Too much of a possibility that his thievery/collusion w/Freddie Mac thief Franklin Raines will come to light. Good riddance, Barney.

    November 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. A.J. Derrick

    It's hard for me to imagine anyone who would have ever voted for this freak. He is perhaps one of the most corrupt, disgusting people I've ever seen in politics, yet the people of Mass. keep voting for him. 'Splain that one, Lucy.

    November 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. ps613

    I am conflicted about this because as a Republican, Bawney Fwank was a guy we loved to hate.

    November 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. massbytes

    Thank goodness. He was one of the bigger screw-ups in Congress. I guess as he was a huge participant in making all the problems we have now (look up all the stupid things he did), he couldn't really top that so he will retire to his totally undeserved, too large pension. Now if only all of the rest of them would resign from both parties.

    November 28, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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