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. YKW

    When does the trial for treason get started

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. tim.0123@hotmail.com

    Being a Republican, I could not agree more with da in terms of term limits. I am sick of the douuble diget office holders, regardless of R or D. Could not agree more with you!

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. spk2moi

    What welcome news. Now if Dodd and Schumer would do the same, perhaps some of the most erratic legislative attempts would cease. Now all we need is another Scott Brown.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. jeff

    To da:
    I'd settle for prohibitions on insider trading by congress and their staffs before term limits, but neither seems likely at this point.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. TOWG

    That just sucks.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Memphis

    I think he's made a deal to leave in return for not being indicted in the Freddie/Fannie scandal that's abused billions of tax payer's dollars.

    I agree with the earlier comment that it's time for term limits in Congress.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Concerned_American

    I couldn't agree more.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Yup

    I agree. Congress was intended to be made up of members that had careers at home (such as farmers, ect.) and meet to represent their state of residence. After serving, they were to return home and resume work–not stay and play.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. JR

    Being conservative, I have to second da's comment.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. JC

    Further Proof that Rats bail when the ship is going to sink.

    Problem is THIS rat had a big hand in the cause.

    I wonder if he will look back and wave as he sails away

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Anonymous

    good riddance

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Ken Puck

    He can take the millions he's saved up in his campaign fund and retire to a life of ease - before all hell breaks loose and he's blamed for most of it.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. m derosa

    Couldn't agree with you more......TERM LIMITS for CONGRESS ! Too much power. Politics was never to be a career. You served and went home. Vote out all incumbents....ALL.

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Lib Cook

    Too little too late.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Fridaynite

    It's nice to get some good news out of Washinton for a change.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Solid Citizen

    I guess he can spend more time in bed with Freddie Mac, now

    Will the citizens of his congressional district in Massachusetts finally wake up and elect some one who will represent their interests and uphold the ?US Constitution?

    Quo warranto, B.O.?

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. MAJack

    As a conservative independent, I agree with the sentiment that Term Limits are a bad idea whose time has come. Good bye to Barney.. and good riddance.

    We need to remove ALL career politicians, from all parties. They are destroying this country.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Vice

    We must get Congress back to doing for their constituants and not for themselves, Term Limits would be a good start.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. breanna

    I agree that there ought to be term limits for all politicians but they WILL NOT vote themselves out of a job so it just aint gonna happen. Too sad though.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. dakitect

    Thank God! This man has done so much damage to this country.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Donald G Hattier DC

    Agreed with Da. Time for all long standing pols to not run. With their experience they have screwed things up almost beyond recognition. New comers can t do anyworse.
    Maybe there is hope for Mass after all. And I am a conservative republican.
    Maybe we can cross the party lines finally to get the term limits we need.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. ironduke

    Good news for the U.S.

    November 28, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. JDW

    Barney had his Frank in Freddie's Fannie from day one. He is as responsible for the housing mess as any of housing's worst actors. He should have resigned years ago from simple shame.

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Dr Lead Based Paint

    "a 16-term Democrat" He's about 32 years late in leaving. Nothing personal though, because almost all of them have been there too long. Americans should not tolerate career politicians.

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Bill

    GOOD RIDDANCE! Pity he hasn't been sent to prison yet for what he did to the economy!

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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