After 16 terms in office, Barney Frank is saying sayonara to his commodious congressional seat. Faced with the political reality of an uphill battle to win reelection, Fast Hands Frank decided to call it quits. The Democrat Congressman from the Bay State’s 4th district found himself mapped out of a job when his big home boy town of New Bedford was effectively bounced from the 2012 campaign. The 4th district lost the ultra union Democrat stronghold of New Bedford and gained more moderate and less politically predictable suburban communities like Medfield, home address of ex-baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling.
Curt Schilling, born-again Christian, George W. Bush supporter, and John McCain campaigner, has flirted on and off with pitching his own cap into the political arena, even briefly brooding over a possible run for the vacated Kennedy senatorial seat. So now that Bulbous Barney has decided to grab something else other than the political spotlight, there is a lot of speculation as to Schilling’s interest in the congressional race.
The redistricting plan set to take effect in 2012 would add Medfield, Mass. to Barney Frank’s district. That means retired Red Sox pitcher and sometimes Republican political pitchman Curt Schilling could run to replace Frank – if he and wife Shonda Schilling don’t sell their Medfield mansion.
In other words, redistricting may have been bad for Frank, and bad for Massachusetts liberals, but it could be good for maintaining the state’s level of political theater. BBJ Bottom Line
Frank’s Republican opponent in 2010, Sean Bielot, who gave Frank a real run for his money, has stated that he is still undecided about a possible 2012 campaign. So for now, the Republican field is wide open.
But whatever the future may hold for the 4th district and the US Congress, let us smile smugly at the upcoming ignominious exit of Mister Barney Frank, housing bubble hustler and Fannie-Freddie fanatic. Bye, bye Barney. Hopefully, the doors of America’s foreclosing homes will hit you hard on the way out.