Barney Frank, one of the first openly-gay politicians and one of Massachusetts’ most well-known politicians, announced he would not seek re-election.
Frank, who has usually coasted to re-election, has come under fire as chair of the House Banking Committee given the current state of the economy.
Massachusetts Republicans were quick to comment on his decision not to run again:
“It is clear that Congressman Frank was not looking forward to another hard fought campaign after losing his gerrymandered district and spending nearly every penny he had in 2010,” said Massachusetts Republican Party Executive Director Nate Little in a statement. “Republicans were already gearing up for a strong race and Frank’s sudden retirement injects added optimism and excitement into the election.”
Frank has been in office since 1981.