Monthly Archives: December 2011

Barney Speaking Frankly

When U.S. Rep. Barney Frank announced that he would not be seeking reelection in 2012, he mentioned one of the things he was most looking forward to in retirement: “I don’t have to pretend to be nice to people I don’t like.” Congressman Frank has always been a colorful character, and I know I’ve always had a kick out of covering him at various events over the years.

Here are some photos from his press conference, which are all available for licensing through Bloomberg.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

A man holds up a sign protesting the Dodd-Frank financial reform law as U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

A man holds up a sign protesting the Dodd-Frank financial reform law as U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) announces to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) is mobbed by the media after announcing that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at Newton City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) is mobbed by the media after announcing that he will not seek reelection in 2012 at City Hall in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

And for good measure, here’s the Congressman giving me the evil eye as the rest of my photojournalist colleagues swarm.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) exits Newton City Hall after announcing to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg (Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.) exits City Hall after announcing to the media and constituents that he will not seek reelection in 2012 in Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg