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Barney Frank Not Running in 2012; Change in Store for Attleboro

Frank's announcement means change for Attleboro.

CNN is reporting this morning that U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-4th) will not seek re-election in 2012. 

The 16-term Newton Democrat that he was planning to run in 2012. However, reports today say he will hold a press conference this afternoon at Newton City Hall to announce he will not run.

The Fourth District , giving more Worcester and Norfolk county towns to Frank including Milford and part of Bellingham. And Attleboro was redistricted into Frank's district for 2012.

"Many of us expected that Congressman Barney Frank would have to really do some sole searching if he wanted to run for re-election due to the changes with the recent re-districting," said Susan Blais of the Attleboro Republican Committee. "When Mr. Frank lost New Bedford and picked up more of the Attleboro area, people started to talk about this looking like an open seat race in 2012.

Blais said she's excited about the possibility of great Republicans running for Congress next year. 

"I know there are a few in the Attleboro area that might be interested in running if they had the support," she said. "There are members of the Attleboro Republican City Committee that have expressed interest in going higher in elective office. I just don't know yet who is ready at this time or if they are interested in that seat or just a higher one in general verse City government."

"Also, a great Candidate has already stepped forward in Elizabeth Childs and many are hoping that Sean Bielot thinks about running again," she added.

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Former State Rep. Bill Bowles of Attleboro said Rep. Barney has contributed greatly to making Massachusetts and the nation a better place to live. "He could always be counted on to advocate for the middle class, as well as for the poor and those constituencies who often need a voice in government," Bowles said. "Although I did not always agree with him, I always appreciated his strong voice for democratic principles."

"There are many wonderful qualified democratic candidates in Attleboro who I'm sure are looking at the possibility of moving up politically," said newly elected City Councilor Jeremy Denlea. "We are blessed in Attleboro to have such a great number of civil services and I very much look forward to helping whoever becomes the democratic nominee win the seat next year."

DAN DEVINE November 28, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Maybe our "INDEPENDENT VOICE" or our "TRANSPORTATION & TRAFFIC COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN" on the Attleboro City Council should give it a try since they'll be out of a job come January.
dumasforcongress November 28, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Mayor Dumas needs to run and manage congress as good as he does the finances in Attleboro. You have my vote! Go Congressman Dumas now is your time
Tisiphone November 29, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I remember Barney from old, when he was a state rep. He hung out at the pharmacy on the corner of Mt.Vernon and Charles Streets on Boston's Beacon HIll, one might say he was a fixture there. Most distinct in my recollection is that he was always sweaty, his suits were wrinkled and his white shirts filthy. When I see him now, I marvel at the makeover. BTW I loved his campaign ads in the last election, particularly about how he worked at his father's gas station. "Fact Checking" developed that, one summer, he spent a few afternoons there. I think it is unfortunate that it now seems unlikely that he will face prosecution if he "goes quietly". It is hard to believe that the voters accept that he got his "main squeeze" a six figure job at Freddie Mac, then claims he had no idea what was going on there. It is also hard to believe that the "smartest man in Congress" "didn't recognize a marijuana plant" when he saw the police hauling them away from his then current boyfriend's house in Ogunquit.
Henry November 30, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I think Dumas should run for Congress. It will expose the hell out of him and all his underhanded actions that he has conducted in his attempt to create Attledumas. Its a Win/Loss for Attleboro. A win because it exposes the Mayor and all his short comings and perhaps the lemmings in the city will vote for someone else in 2013, A loss because it will help usher in another Massachusetts Liberal at the federal level. Lastly, Please Sue, Barry, Jeronimo and all the other Dumas backers, please do not respond, I really don't care what you have to say.
Bob November 30, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Henry - More importantly, Sue, Barry and all the other Dumas backers don't care what you and your negative, vile and cantankerous comments suggest. You are cranky and self absorbed and will make a nice base point from which Attleboro can launch itself from. Symbolically, you can serve as the mat and the future of Attleboro will launch itself from your low point... I see a great future for Attleboro with the current administration. The sky is the limit from here!!!

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