How one handles defeat says a lot about a person. How one handles victory says even more. Barney Frank was his usual small, mean and bitter self in his victory speech last night.
A cranky U.S. Rep. Barney Frank blasted the Herald last night as “irrelevant,” even as surging Republicans grabbed control of the U.S. House and swept him from his lofty perch as chairman of the powerful financial services committee.
“With the re-election of the Massachusetts delegation and Gov. Deval Patrick, we can reaffirm the complete political irrelevance of the Boston Herald,” Frank told more than 100 supporters at the Crowne Plaza in Newton. “There is no limit to the bias and vitriol they unleashed.”
They say you get the government you vote for. The people in Barney Frank’s district have made it clear that they want this porcine, obnoxious, pompous ass to represent them in Washington.
Update: Howie Carr reminds Barney that irrelevance awaits him on Capitol Hill.
You want to talk irrelevant? How about an over-the-hill back-bencher whose district is just crying out to be eliminated in the upcoming redistricting?
And there’s more – are you sitting down for this shocka? This comes after he swore he wouldn’t take a dime from banks that received TARP (aka YOUR) money.
Frank vowed in February 2009 that he wouldn’t accept campaign donations from banks that received money under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or political action committees tied to such institutions.
But Frank has hauled in thousands from top execs at Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Wainwright Bank, JP Morgan Chase and other institutions that received billions in TARP money.
Just yesterday, Frank made new campaign finance disclosures showing he received $17,000 from top executives of Bank of America — including $2,000 from CEO Brian Moynihan. B of A received $45 billion in bailout money. In all, Frank has hauled in at least $27,000 since 2009 from bank execs — and $13,000 from PACs — connected to banks that received TARP funding, including:
• $5,000 earlier this month from the Bank of America Corp. Federal PAC;
• $10,000 in August and September from the Bipartisan PAC/ Bank of New York Mellon Corp.; Mellon received $3 billion from TARP;
• $2,000 in June 2009 from the Financial Services Roundtable PAC, which counts TARP recipients B of A, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo among its members; and
• $1,000 in March from U.S. Bancorp PAC; the Minnesota-based bank received more than $6 billion in TARP funds.
Of course Bawney is trying to spin this as a mistake in semantics only.
In a statement last night, a Frank spokesman said the congressman has declined to take contributions only from the top 10 TARP recipients, but he noted he would accept donations from those institutions once they repaid their debts.
Friday morning humor courtesy of Boston talk radio host and Herald columnist, Michael Graham.
For those of you who live outside of the Boston area, EBT cards are debit cards for welfare recipients and it was recently revealed that they can – and are – used for staples such as booze, butts, alcohol and the slots.
Barney says he’s too good, er, too busy to debate.
(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – We invited incumbent Barney Frank (D) to debate Sean Bielat (R). Sean Bielat was live in our Dedham studio. Barney Frank, who has held the seat since 1981, was unable to join us.
Frank’s office told us, The congressman is busy in Washington being a congressman. He welcomes debates, but due to scheduling conflicts he couldn’t make it tonight.
I was finally able to download the rest of the pictures from the Tea Party on the Boston Common yesterday.
(Scroll for new photos courtesy of Tank)
These people must have missed the memo that anti-war protests have fallen out of fashion since Obama’s election.
So angry. It could incite violence…
What’s this? There goes your narrative, Comrade Keith.
The only Hitler references/imagery came from the Lydon LaRouche DEMOCRATS. That’s supposed to be Barney Frank sitting next to Barack H(itler) Obama.
Sorry, Husky Blogger…just another LaRouche DEMOCRAT.
Barack Obama, mmm mmm good!
A Palin impersonator. Keep your day job, honey.
The kid on the left called me a retard and said he thought Obama’s Special Olympics joke was hilarious.
This was my favorite sign of the day.
Clearly a raaaacist from Southie.
This young woman actually started crying when she couldn’t explain her t-shirt to me. It might have had something to do with the (lovely) black Tea Partier standing next to me. Or the gay man holding the pro Tea Party sign. Or perhaps she was furious at herself for being caught up in a wave of disinformation provided by her college friends and felt like a total ass for wearing a shirt that made her look like an uninformed fool.
Classic Bombastic Barney. After he insults the reporter and her paper, he goes on to say:
“That is insane. The suggestion could only come from a demented ring wing source. There isn’t the slightest possibility of it happening. That is a conspiracy theory and it’s most contempable.”
The problem with that, Barney, is the source for the “conspiracy theory” is none other than Massachustts’ interim Senator, Paul Kirk:
At a business forum in Boston Friday, interim Sen. Paul Kirk predicted that Congress would pass a health-care reform bill this month.
“We want to get this resolved before President Obama’s State of the Union address in early to mid-February,” Kirk told reporters at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
The longtime aide and confidant of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was handpicked by Gov. Deval Patrick after a controversial legal change to hold Kennedy’s seat, vowed to vote for the bill even if Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, who opposes the health-care reform legislation, prevails in a Jan. 19 special election.
“Absolutely,” Kirk said, when asked if he’d vote for the bill, even if Brown captures the seat. “It would be my responsibility as United States senator, representing the people and understanding Senator Kennedy’s agenda. . . . I think you’re asking me a hypothetical question but I’d be pleased to vote for the bill.”
And why would the people of Massachusetts believe the Democrats would try something like this? The fact that there is even an interim senator in the first place says it all.
Wouldn’t it be the ultimate poetic justice if Scott Brown beats Coakley when it was the Democrats who changed the rules twice to benefit them and their scheming blows up in their hack faces?
The police found bongs, plants and paraphernalia. Frank’s boyfriend, James Ready, admitted it was all his and paid a fine. Bombastic Barney claims he was “on the other side of the house” and has no clue what pot plants even look like. As my twenty-something friends would say, “whatevs.”
BOSTON (FOX25, myfoxboston) – FOX25 has learned that Congressman Barney Frank was present during a marijuana arrest at James Ready’s home in Ogunquit, Maine. Ready is well-known for his relationship with Congressman Frank.
According to a police report, police charged Ready with marijuana possession, cultivation and use of drug paraphernalia in August of 2007. Ready admitted to civil possession and paid a fine. The remaining charges were dismissed in 2008.
Sources tell FOX25 that when Frank was questioned he told police that he did not live in the house and that he only smoked cigars.
Congressman Frank tells FOX25 that he was surprised and disappointed with what police found. He also tells us that he wouldn’t recognize a marijuana plant if he saw one because he is, “not a great outdoorsman,” and ,”wouldn’t recognize most plants.”
Fox 25 spoke to Frank yesterday. He gets testy with the reporter when she presses him on his claim of Mary J. ignorance.
If you’re a House or Senate Democrat and you support ObamaCare, how do you know your bill is in trouble? When Barney Frank of uber liberal Massachusetts has to move his town hall meeting twice to accommodate the massive crowd. And when the meeting finally gets rolling he feels the wrath of their outrage over health care, the deficit, cap and trade and the government in general. In typical Bombastic Barney fashion he interrupts his constituents and hurls insults at them throughout the meeting and doesn’t pass up an opportunity to blame the Iraq war for the supposed 46 million uninsured in this country.
Meanwhile, my congressman, John Tierney, is still in hiding.
Update: Another person posing as a doctor got up and declared her undying support for ObamaCare at Barney’s town hall. How many does that make? Note no Republicans have pretended to be doctors at these meetings.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior House Democrat threatened banks Wednesday that if they don’t volunteer to save more homeowners from foreclosure, Congress will make them.In a sternly worded statement, Rep. Barney Frank said Congress will revive legislation that would let bankruptcy judges write down a person’s monthly mortgage payment if the number of loan modifications remain low.
Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, also said his committee won’t consider legislation to help banks lend unless there is a “significant increase” in mortgage modifications.
The last time the Democrat-controlled Senate tried this it failed by 15 votes.
Back when the housing mania was taking off, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank famously said he wanted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “roll the dice” in the name of affordable housing. That didn’t turn out so well, but Mr. Frank has since only accumulated more power. And now he is returning to the scene of the calamity — with your money. He and New York Representative Anthony Weiner have sent a letter to the heads of Fannie and Freddie exhorting them to lower lending standards for condo buyers.
You read that right. After two years of telling us how lax lending standards drove up the market and led to loans that should never have been made, Mr. Frank wants Fannie and Freddie to take more risk in condo developments with high percentages of unsold units, high delinquency rates or high concentrations of ownership within the development.