Barney Frank, 71, will reportedly announce this afternoon that he will not be running for re-election next year.
On the hand, that will deprive the Republican noise machine of one of its favorite stock villains. On the other hand, it will quickly identify someone else to replace him. Elizabeth Warren, another Massachusetts liberal, comes to mind.
It will also occasion another rehash of claims that Frank, as a minority member of the U.S. House at an era time when Republicans ran the place with an iron fist, somehow managed to singlehandedly bamboozle the GOP majority into backing the destruction of the U.S. housing industry. And as always, they will have no explanation of how such a thing is possible.
As the Boston Globe reports:
“A close adviser told the Globe today that the new district in which Frank would have to run next year was a major factor in his decision. While it retained his Newton stronghold, it was revised to encompass more conservative towns while Frank also lost New Bedford, a blue-collar city where he spent a lot of time and became a leading figure in the debate over fisheries.”
– Jay Bookman