Democratic Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the first openly gay member of the United States Congress, has no plans of running for re-election. Instead, Frank chooses to retire from his position as a United States Representative. As a member of the US House of Representatives, Frank has served for over thirty years. He gives an interview with Politico on his retirement from the United States Congress. From the tone of Frank's voice with the Politico interview, he's glad to be retiring
and seems that he won't miss being a Congressman.
He talked about how it's grueling to travel around and constantly be on the go. Frank said that he's “tired.” Furthermore, Frank talks about how much he didn't like to be separated from Jim Ready. Frank and Ready, longtime partners, tied the knot back in July. The traveling and being separated from Jim were two reasons that Frank is ready to leave the US House of Representatives. He further talked about being glad that he did not have to deal with another political crisis.
While Frank is looking forward to retirement, he is open to temporarily replacing Senator John Kerry D-Massachusetts. Kerry has recently been tapped by United States President Barack Obama to be the next US Secretary of State. In short, Kerry has been nominated to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton who had announced she was going to step down from that position. Frank said that he wouldn't rule out being
Kerry's substitute replacement if he was picked by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick(D). He said that the choice belongs to the governor.
So far, he hasn't given a “yes” or “no” answer as of yet. Also, there's still the confirmation hearings for Kerry. If this was the case, Frank says it would be temporary.
That means Frank is not interested in a long-term position, Kerry's seat will be up for grabs during the 2014 US Elections. Frank said that if he didn't want to retire
, he'd rather be a senior member of the House rather than a junior member of the US Senate in an interview with the Boston Globe back in November. In the same interview, Frank isn't done with public policy debates
. Frank said he'd like to continue being part of such debates without the burdens of public office.
With that said, Frank is leaving behind a career in public office. However, it doesn't mean that Frank is leaving behind the debate on public policy.