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. Ole Sarge

    Barney has finally done good service to America-he's quitting!

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Frank Schmeerp

    Interesting that both Dodd and Frank have been removed voluntarily, yet it will take an act of Congress to undo the damage they did. More ineffective Congressmen, Senators and Presidents ought to follow Barney's lead.

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. bootanky

    Term limits is the dumbest idea in politics. If someone is doing a good job, and most people like that person, why make them step down in a pre-set number of years? Makes no sense.

    Barney has been a great politician. Live long and prosper, Barney.

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. djn

    Good news for America!

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. RTF

    As a Republican, I wholeheartedly agree. Term limits should be put into place. I also think presidential terms should be limited to 1 which would be for 6 years.

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. MA Resident

    Christmas came early!

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. jerry

    he knows he is finished...as does obama and other marxists. The day of reckoning is coming as our and the worlds economy dissolves.

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Shirley Martin

    Being a Republican, I have to say that Barney and Dodd almost destroyed our country. Between the housing disaster, Fannie Mae et al, and the regulations the two have been as destructive as the teacher's unions. Years ago a report noted that the "take over" of our education systems was equal to a declaration of war!!!!!

    November 28, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Robert Day

    I am a Montana democrat/independent and I want to wish you well. You have been a good member of congress and we will miss you.

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

    Best news I have heard all morning. Now we just need to do more cleaning of BOTH PARTIES in Congress of the Fossils that control it!

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. daveindenver

    About time he did something to help the country. I think term limits would benefit our country a great deal. To many of these people, both Republican and Democrat have been there far to long and have made a career out of fleecing us.

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Herr Stig

    The hounds must be getting close. "Enuffa" this guy who couldn't utter a non-partisan remark, EVAH'.

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. AboutTime

    It's about time. Maybe if every one of these guys that were directly involved in the Fannie/Freddie fiasco would leave, we could get the housing market back on course.

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Gandor

    It could not come soon enough. he did enough damage with the this Dodd Frank Bill!

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. War

    Someone must have something really bad on Video, as he has talked his way out of CRIMINAL behavior for many years, so only VIDEO would make him quit!

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. TF

    I agree with term limits. It should be 4 terms for HoR, 2 terms for Senate.

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Joeus

    da, Welcome to the GOP!

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. danjonglee

    I'm sure he is leaving as a multi-millionaire with that wealth aquired while holding office.

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Ruckus

    Wow–this is the best news I have heard all year.

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. rootvg

    Three things immediately come to mind:

    (1) Is he ill? He's not a young man.

    (2) Does he want out because his people have data showing 2012 will be a bloodbath for his party? If there's a Republican President and Republican Senate super majority coming, it wouldn't be worth it for him to serve again.

    (3) Is he hearing rumbles from behind the scenes that Obamacare will fail to pass muster with the Supreme Court.and take the party down with it?

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. chipgiii

    Barney should be commended for doing America a huge favor, though long overdue.

    November 28, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Natedog

    Who voted for this guy to begin with? Causes me to loose hope in mankind to ponder this question.

    November 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Ernie

    Being an American, I have to say WOO HOO! Maybe the good people of MA can find a Constitutional conservative to take his place. Wouldn't that be refreshing!?

    November 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. NameXavier

    He's done untold amounts of damage to this country, time to go and never be heard from again.

    November 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. tsc

    good point da

    November 28, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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