After Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s unexpected news that he would not be seeking reelection in 2012, Frank proved one thing for certain — he still knows how to grab a headline. While all media attention was focused on the Democrat and his retirement announcement, Frank took the opportunity to snag a few pot shots at his long time rival and current Republican nomination front runner, Newt Gingrich. “I did not think I lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee,” the 30-year House veteran said. “He would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater … It’s still unlikely, but I have hopes.”
To be fair, the former Speaker of the House took the first shot a month ago when he declared Frank should be thrown in jail for his part in the financial crisis. But Frank is now giving it back to Gingrich in spades, even offering to debate the Republican on the Defense of Marriage Act, subtly referring to the former Speaker’s multiple marriages and affairs when calling him a “bigger” threat to marriage than allowing gays to marry.
On the other side, one House Republican is taking a swing at the retiring Democrat, too. Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh joked via twitter that Frank’s retirement announcement was the reason the Dow gained 300 points yesterday, a reference to Frank’s time on the finance committee in Congress.
So what is next for the decades-long politician? One speculation — Frank is aiming for a cabinet spot as a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. That ought to drive Republicans totally mad.
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