From the Boston Herald
Gleeful Tea Partiers are licking their chops at a panic-stricken Barney Frank, who’s digging deep into his own pocket to bail out his campaign, even as his rival taps Wall Street bigwigs in a bid to force the Newton Democrat into a Martha Coakley-style collapse.
“He sees the writing on the wall — he could lose this election,” said Christen Varley of the Greater Boston Tea Party. “I think he’s realized— I hope too late — that he has a viable challenger and his constituents are not happy.”
Frank — outraised by $70,000 by opponent Sean Bielat in September — pumped $200,000 from his personal retirement account into his campaign to thwart what he calls right-wing attacks from “bigoted” Tea Partiers.
More than anyone else, two people need to be gone after this election. Target number one needed to be Chris Dodd. He's retiring. Good Riddance. The other is Barney Frank. Sean Bielat is giving Frank his toughest run in a long, long time. Frank is polling under 50%, and is up by less than 10 in the last poll I've seen. No more bailouts, and no more Barney Frank.
2003: ''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''