Dem Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts says wont seek re-election in 2012

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At a press conference in Newton, Massachusetts Monday November 28 2011 1 p.m. ET, Barney Frank, a 16-term congressman has announced his plans to not seek re-election in 2012. Having first took office in Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district in 1981, a lifelong liberal that never held back his words on debating and defending his ideals and beliefs, says he would have ran for another term but has since reconsidered due to state’s new redistricting map and wanting to teach. Frank is quoted as saying, “I think I would have won but it would have been a tough campaign. I hate raising money.”

A long time advocate and speaker on the legalization and regulation of online gambling in the United States, Barney Frank’s decision to retire along with several other candidates, “will deprive liberals of one of their most outspoken champions and conservatives of a national political lightning rod.”

Mr. Frank said his decision to forgo the chance of returning as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee didn’t reflect a lack of confidence in his party’s prospects in 2012. A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said party leaders are unconcerned about the pace of retirements because many others are in safe seats—including Mr. Frank’s new district, where they calculate that more than 60% of voters there backed Mr. Obama in 2008.

“I will neither be a lobbyist nor a historian,” he said, referencing Gingrich’s explanation at a recent debate of his work for troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac as being in his capacity as a historian. “One of the advantages to me of not running for office is I don’t even have to try to pretend to be nice to people I don’t like … and the notion of being a lobbyist, and having to go and try to be nice to people I don’t like — it would be ridiculous.”

“The anger in the country…is such that the kind of inside work I felt best at is not going to be productive in the foreseeable future,” he said.

Written by Maggie B.

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