U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will not seek re-election

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    Nov 28, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    It would seem that this will be quite the difficult election cycle for Democrats in 2012 if those like Barney are choosing not to run.

    http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/2011_1128sources_barney_frank_will_not_seek_re-electiongoes/srvc=home&position=0

    Bielat said the changes made during the redistricting process likely made re-election more difficult for Frank.

    “I think the realities of this district are a lot less favorable now and he had a tough time last time,” said Beilat, who isn’t sure whether he will run again. He and his wife just had a baby. “I’m still making up my mind about that. We’re talking very seriously about it, but we haven’t made any decisions.”

    Frank sits on powerful committees in Washington, including the Financial Services Committee and in 2010, he ushered through the landmark financial regulation bill that bears his name. But his ties to mortgage agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made him a target for Republicans.

    Known for his lacerating wit and unabashed liberalism, Frank was the most prominent gay politician in the country.

    Gov. Deval Patrick, told the news after speaking at a manufacturing event at MIT this morning, called Frank “the funniest guy in congress, no question about that.”
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidOr perhaps there are some pedophile victims or former Congressional pages waiting in the wings. Sex smear campaigns are all the rage at the moment.


    If he was a Republican maybe... But Democrats tend to have sex with adults... who are conscious. icon_lol.gif
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    southbeach1500 saidOr perhaps there are some pedophile victims or former Congressional pages waiting in the wings. Sex smear campaigns are all the rage at the moment.


    If he was a Republican maybe... But Democrats tend to have sex with adults... who are conscious. icon_lol.gif


    Well, I'm sure Barney's Frank can go back to running another successful brothel from his Washington DC townhouse. The future does indeed look bright for Barney.


    Right... Because he had previously run a brothel. Can you please just stop lying?
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    my post from the 1st thread 2 break this news:

    it appears that age, the wishes of his partner, and that he's in a "safe" Democratic district are all playing into his decision.

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/28/9068052-frank-will-not-seek-re-election

    he serves as the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee. guess who's next in line? Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA.
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    LOL...... SB you don't think because the republicans have turned congress into a despised dysfunctional system with their political antics ??


    Instead you THINK he's a pedophile?? Like where the he'll did that come from?
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/28/politics/barney-frank/index.html

    The reasons for Frank's largely unexpected decision to retire from Congress were not immediately clear, though some analysts speculated they may be tied to changed boundaries for his 4th Congressional District after Massachusetts' recent redistricting process.

    "It is clear that Congressman Frank was not looking forward to another hard fought campaign after losing his gerrymandered district and spending nearly every penny he had in 2010," Massachusetts Republican Party Executive Director Nate Little said in a written statement.

    "Republicans were already gearing up for a strong race and Frank's sudden retirement injects added optimism and excitement into the election."
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    He's close to 75 years old and wants to retire.....imagine that!
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    In other news goproud took this as a chance to attack Frank.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:08 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidhttp://www.cnn.com/2011/11/28/politics/barney-frank/index.html

    The reasons for Frank's largely unexpected decision to retire from Congress were not immediately clear, though some analysts speculated they may be tied to changed boundaries for his 4th Congressional District after Massachusetts' recent redistricting process.

    "It is clear that Congressman Frank was not looking forward to another hard fought campaign after losing his gerrymandered district and spending nearly every penny he had in 2010," Massachusetts Republican Party Executive Director Nate Little said in a written statement.

    "Republicans were already gearing up for a strong race and Frank's sudden retirement injects added optimism and excitement into the election."


    For any Republican to talk shit about gerrymandering is the height of hypocrisy. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
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    A source close to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation tells NBC News that they believe Frank's decision is due to the Congressman simply being tired and ready for a less hectic schedule.

    The source also speculated that Frank's longtime boyfriend Jim Ready was tired of being a political spouse.

    Frank was also redistricted, however since MA is such a Democratic state, his district remained largely safe.


    Congressman Frank won by 11 percentage pts in the 2010 election.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    Never liked him, won't miss him.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    tailgater_3 saidhttp://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/28/9068052-frank-will-not-seek-re-election

    A source close to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation tells NBC News that they believe Frank's decision is due to the Congressman simply being tired and ready for a less hectic schedule.

    The source also speculated that Frank's longtime boyfriend Jim Ready was tired of being a political spouse.

    Frank was also redistricted, however since MA is such a Democratic state, his district remained largely safe.


    Congressman Frank won by 11 percentage pts in the 2010 election.


    But it was a much more difficult election and much more expensive one than he had anticipated - spending nearly everything he had to defend his seat at the time. Expect it to get worse.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
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    tailgater_3 saidhttp://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/28/9068052-frank-will-not-seek-re-election

    A source close to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation tells NBC News that they believe Frank's decision is due to the Congressman simply being tired and ready for a less hectic schedule.

    The source also speculated that Frank's longtime boyfriend Jim Ready was tired of being a political spouse.

    Frank was also redistricted, however since MA is such a Democratic state, his district remained largely safe.


    Congressman Frank won by 11 percentage pts in the 2010 election.


    But it was a much more difficult election and much more expensive one than he had anticipated - spending nearly everything he had to defend his seat at the time. Expect it to get worse.


    Oh yeah. 11 points must have been a nail biter... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
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    tailgater_3 saidhttp://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/28/9068052-frank-will-not-seek-re-election

    A source close to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation tells NBC News that they believe Frank's decision is due to the Congressman simply being tired and ready for a less hectic schedule.

    The source also speculated that Frank's longtime boyfriend Jim Ready was tired of being a political spouse.

    Frank was also redistricted, however since MA is such a Democratic state, his district remained largely safe.


    Congressman Frank won by 11 percentage pts in the 2010 election.


    But it was a much more difficult election and much more expensive one than he had anticipated - spending nearly everything he had to defend his seat at the time. Expect it to get worse.


    Oh yeah. 11 points must have been a nail biter... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Once again historical revisionism on your part. Why am I not surprised that you repeatedly show yourself to be completely out of touch with how the rest of the US feels about any given issue? I mean it was such an easy win that he didn't have to use his own funds for his own campaign?

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/congressman-barney-frank-200000-fund-campaign/story?id=11950039#.TtPRyJVADdg

    Oh oops.

    With a Republican opponent coming uncomfortably close in the polls, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has dipped into his own savings to fund his re-election fight, one of the toughest races he's faced in 30 years in the House.

    Frank gave $200,000 to his campaign from his personal retirement savings, a move he said would sting if he didn't think he'd get it back.


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    tailgater_3 saidhttp://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/28/9068052-frank-will-not-seek-re-election

    A source close to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation tells NBC News that they believe Frank's decision is due to the Congressman simply being tired and ready for a less hectic schedule.

    The source also speculated that Frank's longtime boyfriend Jim Ready was tired of being a political spouse.

    Frank was also redistricted, however since MA is such a Democratic state, his district remained largely safe.


    Congressman Frank won by 11 percentage pts in the 2010 election.


    But it was a much more difficult election and much more expensive one than he had anticipated - spending nearly everything he had to defend his seat at the time. Expect it to get worse.


    Oh yeah. 11 points must have been a nail biter... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Once again historical revisionism on your part. Why am I not surprised that you repeatedly show yourself to be completely out of touch with how the rest of the US feels about any given issue? I mean it was such an easy win that he didn't have to use his own funds for his own campaign?

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/congressman-barney-frank-200000-fund-campaign/story?id=11950039#.TtPRyJVADdg

    Oh oops.

    With a Republican opponent coming uncomfortably close in the polls, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has dipped into his own savings to fund his re-election fight, one of the toughest races he's faced in 30 years in the House.

    Frank gave $200,000 to his campaign from his personal retirement savings, a move he said would sting if he didn't think he'd get it back.




    I'm sure it didn't sting as much as Meg Whitman spending $180 million of her personal money to lose.

    He won by 11 points. That's not a close race.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
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    tailgater_3 saidhttp://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/28/9068052-frank-will-not-seek-re-election

    A source close to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation tells NBC News that they believe Frank's decision is due to the Congressman simply being tired and ready for a less hectic schedule.

    The source also speculated that Frank's longtime boyfriend Jim Ready was tired of being a political spouse.

    Frank was also redistricted, however since MA is such a Democratic state, his district remained largely safe.


    Congressman Frank won by 11 percentage pts in the 2010 election.


    But it was a much more difficult election and much more expensive one than he had anticipated - spending nearly everything he had to defend his seat at the time. Expect it to get worse.


    Oh yeah. 11 points must have been a nail biter... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Once again historical revisionism on your part. Why am I not surprised that you repeatedly show yourself to be completely out of touch with how the rest of the US feels about any given issue? I mean it was such an easy win that he didn't have to use his own funds for his own campaign?

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/congressman-barney-frank-200000-fund-campaign/story?id=11950039#.TtPRyJVADdg

    Oh oops.

    With a Republican opponent coming uncomfortably close in the polls, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has dipped into his own savings to fund his re-election fight, one of the toughest races he's faced in 30 years in the House.

    Frank gave $200,000 to his campaign from his personal retirement savings, a move he said would sting if he didn't think he'd get it back.




    I'm sure it didn't sting as much as Meg Whitman spending $180 million of her personal money to lose.

    He won by 11 points. That's not a close race.


    Once again proving how intellectually dishonest you are. Again if it hadn't been in doubt why would Barney bother injecting 200K of his own into the campaign?

    Just because that was the result on election day doesn't mean that it was consistently that way considering how easily he had cruised to victory in the past. Perhaps you might consider revising where you get your talking points from so that they are at least be credible ones. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidOnce again proving how intellectually dishonest you are. Again if it hadn't been in doubt why would Barney bother injecting 200K of his own into the campaign?

    Just because that was the result on election day doesn't mean that it was consistently that way considering how easily he had cruised to victory in the past. Perhaps you might consider revising where you get your talking points from so that they are at least be credible ones. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Anyone who frequently cites Faux News as their source is in no position to questions others' intellectual prowess or honesty. It's probably not your fault because Faux has been well-established to misinform his viewers. Maybe change the channel and you'll understand what a close race is.
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    riddler78 saidOnce again proving how intellectually dishonest you are. Again if it hadn't been in doubt why would Barney bother injecting 200K of his own into the campaign?

    Just because that was the result on election day doesn't mean that it was consistently that way considering how easily he had cruised to victory in the past. Perhaps you might consider revising where you get your talking points from so that they are at least be credible ones. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Anyone who frequently cites Faux News as their source is in no position to questions others' intellectual prowess or honesty. It's probably not your fault because Faux has been well-established to misinform his viewers. Maybe change the channel and you'll understand what a close race is.


    Once again, if it weren't for the little fact that he spent 200k of his own money in the campaign underscores how absurdly out of touch you have been reality if you believe that it was an easy race.
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    riddler78 saidOnce again proving how intellectually dishonest you are. Again if it hadn't been in doubt why would Barney bother injecting 200K of his own into the campaign?

    Just because that was the result on election day doesn't mean that it was consistently that way considering how easily he had cruised to victory in the past. Perhaps you might consider revising where you get your talking points from so that they are at least be credible ones. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Anyone who frequently cites Faux News as their source is in no position to questions others' intellectual prowess or honesty. It's probably not your fault because Faux has been well-established to misinform his viewers. Maybe change the channel and you'll understand what a close race is.

    Spoken by someone who said yesterday that Obama was not closely involved with the legislative process for his health plan.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidHis first cousin is one of my oldest friends. She said the Barney is just really fed up with the dysfunction in the House. He's been there 32 years, and he just told her, "enough already".


    He ought to be fed up with how he and his colleagues allowed themselves to be bought off by housing lender deregulators, but that's old news.

    May everybody in Congress follow the example of his resignation.
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
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    riddler78 saidOnce again proving how intellectually dishonest you are. Again if it hadn't been in doubt why would Barney bother injecting 200K of his own into the campaign?

    Just because that was the result on election day doesn't mean that it was consistently that way considering how easily he had cruised to victory in the past. Perhaps you might consider revising where you get your talking points from so that they are at least be credible ones. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Anyone who frequently cites Faux News as their source is in no position to questions others' intellectual prowess or honesty. It's probably not your fault because Faux has been well-established to misinform his viewers. Maybe change the channel and you'll understand what a close race is.


    Once again, if it weren't for the little fact that he spent 200k of his own money in the campaign underscores how absurdly out of touch you have been reality if you believe that it was an easy race.


    riddler - Once again your basic lack of knowledge about American politics trips you up. How many candidates lend money to their campaign? Better. How many of the leading Republican presidential candidates have either lent their campaigns money or are entirely self-funded?

    You can look all that up on the new fangled Goggle and get back to us.
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    riddler78 saidOnce again proving how intellectually dishonest you are. Again if it hadn't been in doubt why would Barney bother injecting 200K of his own into the campaign?

    Just because that was the result on election day doesn't mean that it was consistently that way considering how easily he had cruised to victory in the past. Perhaps you might consider revising where you get your talking points from so that they are at least be credible ones. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Anyone who frequently cites Faux News as their source is in no position to questions others' intellectual prowess or honesty. It's probably not your fault because Faux has been well-established to misinform his viewers. Maybe change the channel and you'll understand what a close race is.


    Once again, if it weren't for the little fact that he spent 200k of his own money in the campaign underscores how absurdly out of touch you have been reality if you believe that it was an easy race.


    riddler - Once again your basic lack of knowledge about American politics trips you up. How many candidates lend money to their campaign? Better. How many of the leading Republican presidential candidates have either lent their campaigns money or are entirely self-funded?

    You can look all that up on the new fangled Goggle and get back to us.


    Once again your delusions are showing - he injected the money at the height of the campaign - and has not done similar in previous ones. Further, polls at the time showed a tight race. The basic lack of knowledge here isn't mine but rather your own - and your willingness to sacrifice both historical facts and reason to further what appears to be your hard left ideology that seems plain to just about everyone except yourself. But I don't mind... choose to foolishly believe what you want.
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    riddler78 saidOnce again proving how intellectually dishonest you are. Again if it hadn't been in doubt why would Barney bother injecting 200K of his own into the campaign?

    Just because that was the result on election day doesn't mean that it was consistently that way considering how easily he had cruised to victory in the past. Perhaps you might consider revising where you get your talking points from so that they are at least be credible ones. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Anyone who frequently cites Faux News as their source is in no position to questions others' intellectual prowess or honesty. It's probably not your fault because Faux has been well-established to misinform his viewers. Maybe change the channel and you'll understand what a close race is.


    Once again, if it weren't for the little fact that he spent 200k of his own money in the campaign underscores how absurdly out of touch you have been reality if you believe that it was an easy race.


    riddler - Once again your basic lack of knowledge about American politics trips you up. How many candidates lend money to their campaign? Better. How many of the leading Republican presidential candidates have either lent their campaigns money or are entirely self-funded?

    You can look all that up on the new fangled Goggle and get back to us.


    Once again your delusions are showing - he injected the money at the height of the campaign - and has not done similar in previous ones. Further, polls at the time showed a tight race. The basic lack of knowledge here isn't mine but rather your own - and your willingness to sacrifice both historical facts and reason to further what appears to be your hard left ideology that seems plain to just about everyone except yourself. But I don't mind... choose to foolishly believe what you want.


    And when do most politicians lend money to their campaigns? Either at the beginning or when they are spending quicker than they can raise the money. Of course, by your logic $200k in a contest that likely cost millions somehow gained Frank an 11 point spread. That's just silly.

    You're really grasping to create some "story" where there isn't one.
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    Nov 28, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
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    Instead you THINK he's a pedophile?? Like where the he'll did that come from?



    I have no idea whether Barney's Frank is or is not a pedophile, however accusing people of being pedophiles is quite in vogue at the moment.


    Who is being accused of being a pedophile? I haven't heard anything like that about the Republican field. Crazy douche bags? Sure. Pedophiles? No.
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    Instead you THINK he's a pedophile?? Like where the he'll did that come from?



    I have no idea whether Barney's Frank is or is not a pedophile, however accusing people of being pedophiles is quite in vogue at the moment.


    Who is being accused of being a pedophile? I haven't heard anything like that about the Republican field. Crazy douche bags? Sure. Pedophiles? No.


    Pedophile, sexual harasser.... those accusations have the same end result.


    So you're lying. Again. icon_rolleyes.gif