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. Mike from Atlanta

    He is as close to a "crook" in D.C. as any that "walk the hallowed halls". He was an instrumental factor in the housing meltdown, even though as a committee chair, he was warned by several experts at least a year before it collapsed. Why he chose to ignore the warnings is up for debate, but I have my suspicions (and they are money-related).

    November 28, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Chicago Guy

    I wonder what they got on him? It must really be something.

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Raycheetah

    Just another rat, abandoning a sinking ship. The handwriting is upon the wall, and ol' Bawney is cashing in his chips. After all, being a highly-paid consultant/lobbyist isn't a elected position, something even he hasn't the hubris to presume is something he will be able to secure next year. =^[.]^=

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Mikey

    What gets me is that we have to pay him for the rest of his life. No president or Congress member should receive retirement pay. Those jobs were not meant to be careers. It's especially galling that you don't have to serve that long before you get this lifetime paycheck. Getting elected is like hitting the lottery.

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. PCWarn

    One could only hope that Barney is at the head of a conga line heading out the back door of Congress. Hopefully the rest of the usual suspects will grab him by the hips and follow him. If it will help I will hold the door and play the maracas...

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. B.MCLANE

    At LAST PROGRESS!! Along with Chris Dodd they both should be in prison for the Freddie and Fanny Mess and the Dodd Frank Bill that still makes it impossible for small banks to lend to anyone besides Donald Trump.

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Linda Rice

    I am so sorry that Barney Frank won't be seeking reelection. You are one of only a few in our government with a brain AND a soul who has been an advocate for the American people. You will be missed and the country will suffer even more by your absence.
    Linda Rice, Stone Mountain, GA

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. richard vertz

    We may never know, but I would bet that Barney is involved in some financial scandal (insider trading, special mortgage rates, etc.) and the established politicians have agreed to keep it under the table if Barney agrees not to run again. His ego is too large to just quit. The Dems don't want a huge scandal at election time and the Repubs want a chance to grab his seat, (pun intended). I would also bet that Barney is not the only one involved.

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Hercules

    I'll bet you he didn't even know 32 years ago when he came to office, that he would be able to do so much damage to our society. The man must be so proud.

    November 28, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. JG

    Amen to term limits.President One 6 Year term,Senator 2,4 year terms, House 4 two year terms.Long over due.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. BeverlyNC

    Barney has been a strong and dedicated advocate for the PEOPLE, not just in his district, but for all of us across the nation. He stands up for what is right, what is fair, and what is just. He fights for We the People in all he does and calls out those who betray us – like the entire Republican Party these days. I am sorry to see him go but with this corrupt Republican environment of hate, lies, and obstructionism I would be ready to pass the torch to someone ready to start the fight against these worthless anti-People Republicans too.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. SARA

    Thank you Santa!!! Best present EVER!!!

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Guy Stawker

    One down, 534 to go.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. John C

    Expect to see a lot of this as Dems are seeing another avalanche of defeat coming their way in 2012.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Anonymous

    good riddance!

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. George

    Let's hope the next announcement concerns an indictment with his name on it.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Sensible

    Please don't let him be a lobbyist now. Money, money, money, moneeee.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Dave

    Had we kept the federal government as weak as the founders wanted, we wouldn't have to worry abut how many terms a congressman held office.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. C.D.

    And of course, he will be able to keep all of the campaign contributions in his war chest. Another, dishonest,sleazy thing politicians on both sides of the aisle have signed off on.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. John

    Hope he takes Chris Dodd with him!!

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Marlemarion

    Time for the happy-happy-joy-joy dance! Don't let the door hit you on the way out Barn....

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Perspective

    Thank God. He has done enough damage.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Sjwrick

    I'm sure he has a nightcap all set up for himself. Probably already has his successor picked out and in his pocket.

    November 28, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. JK in Joizey

    Good riddance! But the catastrophic damage has been done!

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Andy

    Christmas came early this year!

    November 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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