Skip to comments.Barney Frank’s exit sets off scramble on Hill
Posted on 11/29/2011 10:10:53 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Cranky liberal standard-bearer U.S. Rep. Barney Franks bombshell retirement announcement sent shock waves rippling through the Bay State and set the stage for an epic national clash as Democrats and Republicans prepare to do battle over a seat that until yesterday seemed staunchly and securely blue, observers said.
It will be a fun race to watch at least fun from a distance, said U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), who said Democrats are launching a major push to recapture the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Its not the only race in the country that both sides will be playing heavily in. ... Theyre all important. Were down 26 (seats), and we need to pick them up.
While party loyalists insist that Franks district is heavily Democratic, the 71-year-old congressman admitted yesterday hes stepping down because his newly drawn district would be harder to win.
I would have had to work very hard, said Frank, who has served in Congress for 32 years and faced a brutal re-election battle in 2010. I think I would have won, but I do know this it would have been a tough campaign.
The new district was stripped of New Bedford a pro-union stronghold as well as eight other liberal-leaning communities...
(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...
Hopeful members rush to fill his seat.
As Rush said yesterday, Barney’s seat is wide open....
The only “scrambling” I’d be doing is getting his office sterilized.
heh heh... you said 'member'
Wonder if he’s going to reopen his basement whore house? and how many media members will show up?.
What a loss for his constituents. He bent over backwards for them.
Not to mention his intimate connections and cover-ups for Freddie's Fannie.
LMAO.....Barney will go back to his favorite pasttimes of toe tapping in bathroom stalls along our nation’s highway rest stops.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.