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Congressman Barney Frank won’t run again in 2012

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After thirty years of being the most entertaining angry liberal in the House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012. (An earlier announcement from way back in February said otherwise, but I guess a lot can change in nine months.) This comes after Frank had a particularly tough run in 2010 for his seat against Republican challenger Sean Bialet, though he obviously still won.

Unfortunately for Democrats, Frank's district isn't a sure thing going forward, thanks to the still floundering economy and some recent changes to the district lines:

His Fourth District falls mostly in southern Massachusetts but also includes the famously liberal Boston suburbs of Newton and Brookline. Under a new redistricting plan that Gov. Deval Patrick, a fellow Democrat, signed into law last week, Mr. Frank’s district would have lost heavily Democratic city of New Bedford and gained some more conservative towns…

Although Mr. Frank’s district is perceived as heavily Democratic, Senator Scott P. Brown, a Republican, narrowly carried the district in the January 2010 special election for Edward M. Kennedy’s longtime seat.

Frank is best known at the moment for being "that loud gay guy in Congress," which I say with love, and also as the co-author of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, which was passed in 2010. The seventy-one-year old will talk more about his decision at a press conference scheduled for this afternoon, and hopefully he's leaving the House because he's had enough and not because of a scary health problem. Either way, I'm sure I'll miss his righteous, swishy anger come 2013.