Congressman Considered One of the Most Liberal Ever–He Once Proposed to Limit Cable Rates–Announces Retirement

Nov 28, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A member of the House of Representatives considered one of the most liberal ever has announced his reirement, reports our friend John Eggerton at B&C

According to the story, "Liberal Democratic Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) won’t seek re-election in 2012, the Congressman said Monday. Frank said that last year he decided to make this his last term after a busy and somewhat stressful four years with the financial crisis and ‘precipitated’ by redistricting. He said the need to campaign in a district that is almost half new (326,000 people) would take too much time from his legislative obligations. He had always planned to retire at the end of the next session regardless, he said."

Eggerton also notes in his story that Frank "once tried to legislate limits on cable rates, and voted for network neutrality legislation and against allowing phone companies to provide Internet access service back in 2002, according to his voting record." He also voted against raising fines for indecency.



  1. Right…cable rates…that’s the benchmark issue in liberalism. If only it were true.
    Little bit of a tunnel vision problem there, TV Week?

  2. Thanks for your comment, VideoSavant. While the juxtaposition of words in our headline leaves much to be desired, I would say that our noting that Frank is indeed one of the most liberal members of Congress is an unassailable fact. And while he did once propose to limit cable rates, that is not, as you note, a benchmark of his liberalism.

    Chuck Ross

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