Liberal Icon Frank Eyes High-Profile Retirement

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even in retirement, Barney Frank plans to antagonize conservatives.

The 72-year-old Massachusetts congressman leaves office in less than three weeks after more than three decades on Capitol Hill. He announced last year that he wouldn't seek a 17th term.

Frank's days on C-SPAN may be almost over. He's already moved out of his Capitol Hill office and Washington apartment. But he will not go quietly.

He has retained a Hollywood agent to ensure he is a paid fixture on cable television, the lecture circuit, in bookstores - and maybe the occasional sitcom or Broadway show.

Known for his quick wit, Frank has become a polarizing figure on the national stage. He's celebrated by liberals and hated by conservatives.

Frank says the hatred is a source of pride.

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