December 6, 2011
E.J. Dionne's assessment of Rep. Barney Frank [" Hard truths — a world apart ," op-ed, Dec. 1] was, at best, woefully incomplete. As an administrative assistant to former representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa) for almost 24 years, I had more than ample opportunity to observe Mr. Frank (D-Mass.) in action, and I found Dana Milbank's characterization of him as a "bully" [" A bully leaves his pulpit ," op-ed, Nov. 30] far closer to reality than Mr. Dionne's view.
December 5, 2011
In his Nov. 30 column, "A bully leaves his pulpit," Dana Milbank grossly mischaracterized how I and my colleagues, members of Rep. Barney Frank's staff past and present, feel toward him. I feel fortunate to have worked for him, and I have the highest respect for his integrity, brilliance and dedication to enduring democratic principles. But my colleagues and I also are grateful to him for his absolute loyalty to us, for his graciousness in sharing credit for what we collectively accomplish and for his respect for our...
October 15, 2011 |
It turns out Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner doesn't make inappropriate use of military aircraft. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Saturday retracted the allegation, saying he had acted "on inadequate information. " "I have now gotten more information than I had before about the Treasury Secretary's travel," Frank, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, said in a statement. "Based on the information I have now gotten — and that I should have looked into before — I now believe that the...
September 27, 2008 |
You wanna know what Barney Frank thinks? Oh, Barney Frank will tell you what he thinks. "You're missing the point," Frank says impatiently. "You guys aren't listening," Frank says exasperatedly. The House Democrats' point man on the bailout bill negotiations is slumped in a chair outside the House chamber, exhibiting his usual inelegant posture. About 10 reporters have swarmed around to ask him about the latest in the negotiations with Republicans. Mr. Chairman, we understand House GOP...
December 3, 2011 |
BOSTON — Carlos Rafael, who owns a fleet of boats that trawl New England waters for scallops and fish, offers a terse assessment of how Barney Frank's coming retirement will hit local fishermen. "It's a disaster," he said. Frank is known nationally as Congress's first openly gay lawmaker, co-author of a massive bill to regulate Wall Street or bane of conservatives. But to the region's battered fishing fleet, the Massachusetts Democrat has been a steady and effective ally who can't be quickly replaced.
July 11, 2011 |
Far-reaching legislation intended to remake the nation's financial regulatory system is "holding up very well" despite efforts to undermine new rules and underfund the agencies implementing them, one of the bill's authors said Monday. In a speech at the National Press Club to mark the one-year anniversary of the financial overhaul , Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, criticized Republicans for trying to weaken the legislation that he and...