UPDATED: Barney Frank to Announce He is Not Running in 2012
Frank will announce in a press conference today that he will not seek re-election.
Updated 11:12 a.m.
U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-4th) will announce later today that he will not run for re-election in 2012, according to a press release issued Monday morning.
The 16-term Newton Democrat announced in February that he was planning to run in 2012. However, today's press release said he will hold a press conference this afternoon at Newton City Hall "to formally announce and answer questions about his decision not to run for re-election in 2012."
The Fourth District recently saw a bit of a shift after legislators mapped out the state's new congressional districts, giving more Worcester and Norfolk county towns to Frank including Milford and part of Bellingham. Some sources report these changes were a factor in Frank's decision.
Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who plans to attend the 1 p.m. press conference, issued a statement Tuesday morning lauding Frank's work in Congress over the last three decades.
"For over 30 years, Congressman Frank has exemplified what it means to be a public servant," Warren said in today's statement. "From his years on the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and throughout his tenure as representative from the Fourth Congressional District, Congressman Frank has demonstrated an unrivaled commitment to fighting for equal opportunity and improving the quality of life for all communities. He has been a true friend to the city of Newton. It has been a great honor to work with Congressman Frank, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
More recently, Frank stopped by Newton City Hall last Tuesday to speak to a crowd of residents who gathered to voice concerns about the closing of several Newton Post Offices.
Frank will hold a separate meeting in Washington D.C. tomorrow to answer questions for reporters based in the Capital.