Rep. Barney Frank to Retire

Rep. Barney Frank at 2010 Harry S Truman Award Dinner

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank announced today that he will retire from Congress and not seek re-election.  Frank’s seat, in a liberal stronghold of the Western Boston suburbs is not at risk to going Republican, but his decision is a loss for Democrats because of his strong opinions, debate skills and his intellect.  Barney has a pair and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.  The downside is his occasional arrogance. 

I was planning to write about Congressman Frank today due to Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s thin skin and insistence on an apology from NBC after she appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show.  Fallon’s band played the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” which once she was told what the song was sent the Republican presidential candidate into a tizzy.  Mind you, no one has asked radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who has a much larger audience than Fallon, to apologize for playing the song, “My Boy Lollipop” when highlighting commentary about Barney Frank (Limabugh also plays “Barack the Magic Negro,” a parody of “Puff the Magic Dragon” inspired by an LA Times column from 2008.  The point being its hypocrisy for conservatives to complain about the Bachmann intro instead of Limabugh’s “humor.”  Bachmann is the recipient of several “pants on fire” lies about the President and Democratic policy on the non-partisan fact checking website  So the “lying” part of “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” certainly applies.

Mother Jones features some of the best and worst of Barney Frank in this post.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement:

‪“Congressman Barney Frank is an exceptional legislator, a trusted advisor and confidante, and a champion for his district and his state.  His extraordinary career in public office will leave a lasting legacy on behalf of justice, human rights, consumer protection, affordable housing, and better economic opportunity for all Americans. 

“For generations to come, Congressman Frank’s name will be synonymous with the strongest consumer protections in the financial marketplace in history.  In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, he led the effort to enact the landmark Dodd-Frank Act, creating a consumer financial protection agency, reining in Wall Street and bringing stability and transparency to a financial system run amok.  This achievement exemplified his time as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee during one of its most productive periods of legislating in recent memory.

‪“Congressman Frank’s advocacy pushed Congress to right the wrongs of history with a fully-inclusive hate crimes bill and with the end of the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.  And his drive for a fully-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and for marriage equality will not end with his retirement; it must, and will, remain a cornerstone of our ongoing fight for civil rights.

‪“Through his persistence, attention to detail, and commitment to Massachusetts’ 4th district, Congressman Frank earned the trust of his constituents.  Through his passion, intelligence, and devotion to public service, he earned the respect of his colleagues.  His departure from Congress will mark the end of an era.  We will miss his contributions to Congress and to the American people, and I wish him and Jim all the best in the future.”

  15 comments for “Rep. Barney Frank to Retire

  1. November 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    In this interview Lyndon LaRouche’s Western States Spokesman, Harley Schlanger, discusses the role that Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) played in protecting the financial derivatives market which was promoted and defended by Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

    Growing Foreclosure Crisis Due to Barney Frank’s Sabotage of LaRouche’s HBPA in 2007
    October 16, 2009 • 7:44AM

    (Homeowners and Bank Protection Act of 2007) Congressman Barney Frank helped to killed it.

    • November 29, 2011 at 8:38 am


      I hope you realize that your comments make you look like the crazy guy yelling at passing cars. Nobody here is buying your LaRouche B.S.

      • Kathy Findley
        November 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        When I was a waitress we used to refer to the counter section of the restaurant as “The Cuckoo’s Nest.” That was were are the visibly angry, half crazy men used to sit with the editorial section of the newspaper and their yellow highlighters marking the quotes I suppose they later attacked in their responses. They were there every day with their faithful highlighters. Lautan and Lptar are the “Cuckoo’s Nest Guys” of the blogs. It’s apparent they have nothing better to do then read the blogs and pepper us with their, uh, “wisdom.” At least Junior has something intelligent to say now and again! 😉

        • November 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

          Kathy, – It’s not my “wisdom”
          I didn’t write the article:
          “Are Derivatives Accounting Rules Helping The Big Banks Cook Their Books?

          From December 2008, (and after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street financial reform legislation) to June 2011 the total notional derivatives exposure of the four largest derivatives market participants, JP Morgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Citibank (C) and Bank of America (BAC), was $235 trillion which was an increase of 35%. (Key words = increase of 35%).

          Please follow the link, – read the article, – and inform the readers where the author John Slater is wrong.

  2. November 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Wow, big surprise and good news at that? Someone must have finally gotten action photos of Barney? Could it be, Barney had a choice, retire or become a star on U-Tube? The bad news is that racist Los Angeles Congresswoman Maxine Waters will likely be assuming Frank’s position on the committee dealing with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. That is assuming of course, Maxine survives the ethics investigation about to start on her. Bottom line is; it’s just another day in paradise in the viper pit in Congress.

  3. November 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Barney Frank could have all manner of action photos and the people of his district would elect him again and again.

    • Really, Dan?
      November 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      If that is the case, why did he quit running/

      • Dan Chmielewski
        November 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        People retire. It happens

        • December 2, 2011 at 3:01 am

          Dan there’s retirement and then there’s forced retirement. Despite the brain dead voters who have been electing and relecting Frank, perhaps he has insider information on the Tea Party Tidal Wave that is coming in 2012? He can now go to work fulltime as a paid lobbyist, instead of the part time work he now does.

        • December 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

          Dan, there is retirement and then there is forced retirement. Barney is probably smart enough to smell the conservative tidal wave coming in 2012 and wants to go out at the top o his game. Instead of only being a part time lobbyist, Barney can devote all his time to trying to influence votes.

          • Dan Chmielewski
            December 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

            Since I lived in Boston for a number of years Pat, I will state that your premise is completely wrong. I’m sad we’re losing such a strong voice for my partyin Congress. But the nice part about Barney’s district is there will be a strong replacement

  4. junior
    November 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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