I’m sure all of us here at RTFLC need a group hug to deal with this:
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a prominent 16-term liberal Democrat from Massachusetts and arch-enemy of political conservatives nationwide, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from his office.
Frank, 71, will hold a news conference in his district to discuss the decision at 1 p.m. ET.
The reasons for Frank’s largely unexpected decision to retire from Congress were not immediately clear, though some analysts speculated they may be tied to changed boundaries for his 4th Congressional District after Massachusetts’ recent redistricting process.
Translation: he didn’t want to fight for a district that wasn’t gerrymandered.
There are some nice things I could say about Frank. Uh … he has fought against the stupid internet gambling ban. Um … help me out here guys.