Let’s be frank: In some corners of Washington, D.C., news of Rep. Barney Frank’s impending retirement was met with hoots and hollers, not sadness and regret. The nation’s most memorable gay congressional crusader has been at the center of controversy for decades, yet managed to avoid any serious political consequences.
Whether Frank was denying the existence of the housing bubble he helped create, procuring employment for his lover, or letting one rip on the Rachel Maddow Show, he has managed to make himself the center of attention. So as a parting gift, we’ll give ol’ Barney one more turn in the spotlight.
Here’s a look at The Daily Caller’s top ten Barney Frank moments. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Number 10: “I want to roll the dice”
In a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Sept. 25, 2003, Frank told the committee,” I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing …”
Frank’s willingness to put politics above the taxpayers who would eventually cover his losses from gambling on the housing market clearly did not end well.