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Barney Frank calling it quits

By SAM HALL
Capitol Hill Blue Congressional Writer
November 29, 2011

Rep. Barney Frank

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, gerrymandered into a more conservative Congressional district, will not seek re-election.

“I do not choose to run for Congress in 2012,” Frank said Monday.

Both outspoken and articulate, Frank is one of the strongest liberal voices in the House. He served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011 and remained as ranking member after the Republicans recaptured control.  He championed financial reform and was a key player in the latest banking revamping bill.

The Democrat, elected in 1980, was the most openly-gay member of the House of Representatives.  He came out in 1987.

Many news media outlets incorrectly claimed Monday that Frank was the first member of Congress to emerge from the gay closet. In fact, another Massachusetts representative, Demo0crat Gerry Studds, revealed his homosexuality on the House floor in 1983 when he admitted an affair with a 17-year-old Congressional page.

Frank became embroiled in a scandal as well when a male prostitute he hired for sex was caught running a gay prostitution ring out of the Congressman’s Capitol Hill townhouse. The House formally reprimanded Frank for his vole in the scandal but an effort by Republican Congressman Larry Craig oust Frank from Congress failed.  Craig, a closet gay, would later face criminal charges after he was caught soliciting sex in an airport men’s room.

(Updated with additional information)

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17 Responses to Barney Frank calling it quits

  1. Hal Brown

    November 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Google lists over 1,300 articles about Barney Frank’s decision and all you can write abut in a headline article is his homosexuality?

    My district’s congressman so I have talked to him several times. He has been a lightening rod for the right and a darling of the left.

    His being the second openly gay member of Congress is culturally relevant, and interesting when closeted gay members (pun intended) are revealed. However, his impact on politics is by far what we should be writing about.

  2. Sandune

    November 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Good points Hal. So goes American interests.

  3. Editor

    November 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

    What we found interesting was that so many media outlets claimed he was the first Congressman to openly admit his homosexuality. He wasn’t. Gerry Studds was. Some outlets have now amended their stories to say he was the first to voluntarily come out of the closet.

    The fact that he was an active and openly gay member of Congress is news. The prostitution arrest of his lover is public record. It is also news. It is not our goal to repeat what other news outlets report.

  4. eve

    November 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    It doesn’t matter if he is gay or not, only that he represented American interests to the best of his ability.

    He did not.

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tygrrrr-express/2011/nov/29/barney-frank-ive-destroyed-economy-my-work-here-do/

    Like Carl Levin and John McCain’s new bill claiming America is a battlefield and the military can lock up American citizens at will, indefinitely.

    Google it.

    I’m surprised Frank wasn’t in on this with McCain and Levin to more “upstanding” citizens (sarc).

    Good riddance.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      November 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Hear…hear Eve! I couldn’t have stated my negative sentiments about this guy more effectively than yourself.

      Good riddance Bwany Fwank!

      Too bad he didn’t exit Congress after his first term, instead this guy as been one of the key players in facilitating the scuttling of the USS America for the past quarter plus century.

      Carl Nemo **==

  5. eve

    November 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Should have said “representatives” not citizens.
    Apparently my PC’s cut and paste can have a mind of it’s own sometimes.

  6. Pondering It All

    November 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Article never mentions that he has been serving as a state or US Representative for 39 years and is 73 years old. Sounds more like retirement than “calling it quits” to me!

  7. Carl Nemo **==

    November 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    While the nation is ‘mourning’ the loss Mr. Frank’s ‘superb leadership abilities’ our Senatorial leaders of the same stripe are getting ready to drive another nail into Lady Liberty’s coffin, possibly the final one.

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    Heads up folks:

    The Senate is getting ready to vote on the “Defense Authorization Bill”. If people think the “Patriot Act” is a monstrous intrusion upon our Constitutional government and “Bill of Rights” then this bill is another example of statist creep with evermore draconian measures instituted over “We the People”.

    “The U.S. Senate is considering the unthinkable: changing detention laws to imprison people — including Americans living in the United States itself — indefinitely and without charge. “…extract from synoposis concerning bill provisions.

    In addition the bill will give this president as well as those into the future the absolute authority to pursue ‘terrorists’/enemies of the state, worldwide without Congressional authority, thus turning the U.S. Military into a defacto planetary police force.

    I’m an ACLU member and proud of being such. Included is a link to their site concerning this issue. I urge CHB readers to do something proactive today and take a personal interest in your freedom and send a personalized email to your Senators. Contributions are nice, but I’d gladly say don’t let the solicitation for such after sending your message cause you concern. Send the message twice one to each to your Senators. I urge you to vote yes on the Udall Amendment to the bill which will at least temper it from being another quickie signoff like the Patriot Act, TARP et al. such gotta pass quickly bill/acts, no questions asked with little concern for future ugly consequences.

    Folks this is serious business. So get motivated…!

    https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3865&emsrc=Nat_Appeal_AutologinEnabled&s_subsrc=111128_ndaa&emissue=national_security&emtype=advocacy

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    “To be forewarned is to be forearmed”…Miguel Cervantes

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    Carl Nemo **==

    • Carl Nemo **==

      December 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      In checking back on this supplied post along with the ACLU petition link I noticed it’s now morphed into a “Feinstein Amendment”.

      I’m sorely disappointed that the the NDAA has morphed from the monstrosity that it is to the ‘Udall amendment’ to now that of ‘Diane Feinstein’s amendment’. Anything Feinstein is involved with is deadly to our freedoms.

      The “National Defense Authorization Act” has become an annual ritual of giving the MIC, Homeland Security et al. statist orgs a blank check to crunch their jackboots upon our necks.

      Enough is enough! This whole ritual is garbage legislation that is slowly but surely leeching the lifeblood of this nation upon the sands of time.

      If anyone should reply to the supplied ACLU petition, then I say delete the entire preprogrammed text concerning the Udall amendment and write your own succinct sentiments concerning the order of the day.

      Simply because I fessed up to being an ACLU member doesn’t make me want to march lockstep with their agendas or their extreme leftie supporters such as Feinstein.

      This revelation has made me want to puke over the rail so to speak.

      Notice none of these acclaimed ‘representative mattoids’ had the guts to state these bill provisions are not only unconstitutional , but “anti” in nature with the sole purpose of quashing the concept of freedom for all time and places. Their attitude: Screw the concept of being innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Screw the concept of “Posse Commitatus” (military not be involved in civilian law enforcement)etc. Screw “You the People” too…!

      To me our Executive branch, Congress and SCOTUS have become enemies of all free people for all time and places. Fie upon and to hell with them all…! : |

      Carl Nemo **==

    • Carl Nemo **==

      December 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      In checking back on this supplied post along with the ACLU petition link I noticed it’s now morphed into a “Feinstein Amendment”.

      I’m sorely disappointed that the the NDAA has morphed from the monstrosity that it is to morphing from the “Udall amendment” to now that of Diane Feinstein’s amendment. Anything Feinstein is involved with is deadly to our freedom.

      The “National Defense Authorization Act” has become an annual ritual of giving the MIC, Homeland Security et al. statist orgs a blank check to crunch their jackboots upon our necks in an unrestricted, unconstitutional fashion.

      Enough is enough! This whole ritual is garbage legislation that is slowly but surely leeching the lifeblood of this nation upon the sands of time.

      If anyone should reply to the supplied ACLU petition, then I say delete the entire preprogrammed text concerning the Udall amendment and write your own succinct sentiments concerning the order of the day.

      Simply because I fessed up to being an ACLU member doesn’t make me want to march lockstep with their agendas or their extreme leftie supporters such as Feinstein.

      This revelation has made me want to puke over the rail so to speak.

      Notice none of these acclaimed ‘representative mattoids’ had the guts to state the core bill provisions are not only unconstitutional , but “anti” in nature with the sole purpose of quashing the concept of freedom for all time and places. Their attitude: Screw the concept of being innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Screw the concept of “Posse Commitatus” (military not be involved in civilian law enforcement within the confines of CONUS)etc. Screw “We the People” too is their elitist attitude…!

      To me our Executive branch, Congress and SCOTUS have become enemies of all free people, not simply the U.S. for all time and places. Fie upon and to hell with them all…! : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Carl Nemo **==

        December 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        My apologies for the double post. Possibly the site host will address this issue by deleting the first and saving the subsequent one.

        Carl Nemo **==

  8. Hal Brown

    November 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Editor: I agree that pointing out the error made by other media about Barney Frank being the first to “come out” is a valid reason to write an article. However if you are going to criticize other media for their error I think it behooves you to be thorough.

    Gerry Studds did not reveal his homosexuality until he was outed in the congressional pad scandal in 1983 for having sexual relations with a 17 year old page. That is when he admitted his sexual orientation publicly.

    According to Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Studds ) this was “a disclosure that, according to a Washington Post article, ‘apparently was not news to many of his constituents.’ ”

    Barney Frank was, indeed, the first member of Congress to admit his homosexuality voluntarily. This was back in 1987 when the sentiment in the country was far less accepting of homosexuality than it is today.

  9. Hal Brown

    November 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Correction: Typo, page, not pad.

  10. Rick

    November 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Barney Frank left for the simple reason that another election would have been his downfall. He was redistricted out of existence. He has admitted as much.

    Barney Frank is either a liar or totally clueless. Didn’t know about pot being grown, a prostitution ring operating out of his house the real condition of Freddie and Fannie and to top it all off getting a “boy friend” a job at an agency that Barney’s committee is regulating. Outspoken? How about an insulting gas bag. Enough on YouTube to show the real Barney. The liberal left loves this very flawed cartoon character which tells you all you need to know about moonbat central.

    As far as Studds he had no choice. He was going to be “outed” and from what I gather pleaded about his indiscretions going public. I worked in the first Studds campaign and we were all well aware of his sexual orientation but what many were not aware of was his attraction to young males.

    When the Studds issues was hitting on all cylinders another Congressman by the name of Crane (R- Ohio) was in the same precarious boat thanks to his attraction to under age or barely of age female pages. On a flight to Cleveland I got into a conversation with a seat companion from Ohio. I remember his comments clearly. “The differences between Massachusetts and Ohio is our guy is as good as dead and Studds will get elected again and again. That’s why your state is such a joke.”

    I disagreed totally with him and he was 100% correct. I dropped out of being enrolled as a Democrat when they backed Studds and Frank. I have been unrolled since.

    As Howie Carr said in The Herald today “Xmas has come early.”

  11. woody188

    November 30, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Only a quadrillion in unregulated casino “derivative” markets out there waiting to explode in our faces. More like political whitewash and Potomac theater than financial reform.

    Sing it with me:

    Na na na na
    Na na na na
    Hey hey hey
    GOODBYE!

  12. Almandine

    November 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah, just another riveting portrait of a crooked politician. Guess it will work to keep up the mirage of meaningful analysis, unless somebody is actually paying attention…

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/

    • Carl Nemo **==

      December 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      A superb link Almandine including stats supported by graphs.

      I firmly believe the mass dispensation of antidepressants over the past 30 years or so have had an impact on dociling Americans. Allegedly 80 million of our fellow citizens are on such meds.

      I’ve had doctors try to prescribe such to me. I always tell them I enjoy the feeling and don’t want to lose touch with my “fight or flight instincts”.
      They also effect your libido and that’s the last thing I would want to snuff out for the sake of not coping with occasional depression which is linked to one’s perception of the world around them. :D

      Also there’s links to water fluoridation as aiding the dociling process. I know many will dispute such, but if you read the ingredients of the major antidepressant and antianxiety meds you’ll find fluorine in various compounds as a key ingredient. So what’s with fluoride if it doesn’t have an effect on brain chemistry?

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      “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves”…Edward R. Murrow

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      Carl Nemo **==