Barney Frank not Running in 2012

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Here is a bit of good news. The most disgusting man in Congress, and I’m NOT saying that because he is gay, has decided not to run for reelection next year.

Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, a gay pioneer in Congress and a Massachusetts liberal whose name as well and fingerprints are on last year’s sweeping bill regulating Wall Street, announced plans Monday to retire at the end of his current term, his 16th in Congress.

“There are other things I would like to do with my life,” the 71-year-old lawmaker said at a news conference. He added that his retirement plans were hastened by two years by reapportionment, which moved 325,000 new constituents into his district.

My guess is that he has looked at the polls and decided he might have a chance of actually losing, though why his constituents didn’t throw him out years ago, after the gay prostitution scandal, I’ll never know.

Maybe he thinks he has done enough damage.

As a longtime member of the House committee that oversaw the banking and housing industries, he often worked to expand affordable housing and end redlining, a practice in which banks are accused of imposing onerous lending conditions on residents of inner cities and other poor neighborhoods.

Onerous lending conditions like actually being able to pay back the loans. This kind of legislation is, of course, why the housing market has collapsed.

I wish Mr. Frank well in whatever work he chooses to do in the future, as long as it has nothing to do with public affairs. He’s done enough there.

Update: I found this article on Drudge. Barney Frank is the seventeenth Democrat from the House of Representatives to decide not to run for reelection, as opposed to only seven Republicans. I wonder what is going on. They must fear big losses next year.

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