According to Representative Barney Frank‘s office, he will not seek reelection in 2012. Not only is Frank a gay icon but, before he came out, he was on a path to be the first Jewish Speaker of the House.
Widely considered to be one of the smartest members of Congress, Frank’s cutting wit make him both a voluntary lightning rod and someone to be feared. Frank has had little tolerance for willfully ignorant and intellectually dishonest demagogues.
Frank is also a courageous man. He came out almost a quarter century ago.
That this day would come is inevitable. In all likelihood, he will be replaced with another liberal member. Something tells me that we are going to be seeing a great deal of Mr. Frank. I doubt that he is going to go into retirement quietly. That’s simply not Barney Frank’s style.