Morning Mix: Frank Kicks Gingrich On The Way Out

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 … Its 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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122 comments

Sheila D.
Sheila D.4 years ago

Though I didn't always agree with him, I'm sorry to see Barney Frank leave office. Really interesting comments that certainly run (mostly) over Newt. Really appreciate Alfred S. comments, as he seems to actually know what's going on, as opposed to a few of the others who just seem to want to rant. Nothing wrong with that; it's a great place to voice your opinion. Thanks for the article.

marc rosati
marc rosati4 years ago

Hey Barney,
Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

Bryon S.
Bryon S.4 years ago

Gingrich is the new GOP frontrunner because he has only had 2 known extramarital affairs as opposed to Herman Cain's (how many is it now?).

Carmen n.
Carmen n.4 years ago

@DaveC: Better make sure Ms. Warren gets elected!

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy4 years ago

Frank is an interesting person. As a person who votes Democrat, got to love him. As a person concerned about the future of this nation... well is he not a part of the problem?

Brian F.
Brian F.4 years ago

Newt Gingrich makes $60,000 a speech. Newt has made over $100,000,000 in his life. Newt was fined $300,000 for ethics violations, and left his wife who was dying of breast cancer. Newt is a criminal and a charlatan, who is a puppet for corporate special interest, and cares only about the wealthy and powerful. How anybody could be ignorant enough to vote for this crook and liar, is beyond me.

Dave C.
David C.4 years ago

I am sure there are many in Massachusetts saddened and worried about where their next champion will come from....

Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby4 years ago

Barnie is anything but the saint the Democrats would have us believe he is. He was instrumental in getting Bushie Boy to keep Freddie and Fannie afloat which was one part of the sub-prime mess. Then of course there was the gay call boy ring run out of his basement. Frankly I wish he would take Newt with him. I am so fed up with these guys.

Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y.4 years ago

Let Frank and Gingrich out of media, look forward to the public with right wisdom. Both should step down asap!

Alfred Supe
Alfred Supe4 years ago

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/node/42454
"Gingrich banked $1.6 million as a consultant for Freddie Mac, the federally-back mortgage giant that right-wingers want eliminated. He bragged in South Carolina Tuesday that he “didn’t need the money” because he pulls down $65,000 each for speeches.

Such extravagances don’t sit well with fiscal conservatives.

Then there is a changing religious affiliation. Born a Lutheran, he became a Southern Baptist for political expedience in his Georgia district but converted to Catholic after dumping his second wife for a younger woman — House staffer Calista Bisek.

Bisek and Gingrich were nailing each other while the then Speaker publicly chastised President Bill Clinton for his dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Gingrich and his trophy wife have a fondness for the high life. They ran up a half-million debt with Tiffany’s and Bisek had sizable balances on her charge account with the fancy New York jeweler while still working as a staff member for the House Agriculture Committee.

“Newt may say he doesn’t need the money, but he does need to keep those high-dollar checks rolling in to pay for Calista’s charge accounts,” says a former Gingrich campaign aide.