Barney Frank – Exit stage left

posted at 10:45 am on November 28, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

The news broke quickly this morning. So quickly, in fact, that most of the talking heads were unable to reference more than a one line release.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will announce later today that he will not run for re-election.

Specualation began running wild immediately as to whether or not this sent some sort of deeper signal about Frank – or perhaps the Massachusetts Democratic Party – being in trouble. I wouldn’t get too excited about that, though. Barney represents the 4th district in the Bay State, an area so liberal that it’s had Fidel Castro rethinking that whole wealth redistribution thing. I seriously doubt he was in any danger of losing his seat unless there’s a scandal about to bust loose which nobody is talking about.

A far more likely explanation was posited almost immediately on Twitter by Jim Geraghty. Following the 2010 census, Massachusetts is in line to lose one congressional seat, taking them from 10 to 9. Frank is more than seventy years old and could very likely have been looking at retirement in the not too distant future anyway, and this gives the state party an easy out in terms of carving up their redistricting map without the need for a nasty, internecine food fight.

But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to read in the tea leaves. The one thing Barney has going for him is a massive amount of seniority. If he and his party were solidly of the opinion that they would be taking back the majority in the House next fall, he would doubtless be back at the front of the line for one or more of any number of influential committee leadership spots. That translates to a lot of power and influence and would probably make it a bit harder to just walk away. Does this sudden exit indicate that the Democrats have pretty much given up hope of that happening?

We’ll update you here later as the story develops. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: The Boston Globe is indicating that Frank’s office referenced the latest round of redistricting as playing into his decision not to run again. That seems rather odd, though, since they also conclude that the new proposed district lines would still put him on some real estate which Obama carried with 61%. Doesn’t look like a very big challenge to me.

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He has a fatal disease.

purgatory on November 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Dear G-d,

Please bless Mommy and Daddy and Gramma and Grampa and please pleeaase make Pelosi and Waters and a whole buch of other deserving people in Congress retire next…

Shirotayama on November 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Fwankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. Good riddance. Got BF in dead pool: 6 months or less.

BHO Jonestown on November 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I’ll see your Maxine Waters and raise you:

Sheila Jackson Lee

Cynthia McKinney

cozmo on November 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Bingo! I was about to post almost the same thing. Glad I searched the comments first. Either one of those two make Maxine look brilliant…IMHO. What a sad thing to think of. These people in positions of power.

Oldnuke on November 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Thank you, Barney, for your service to your country. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Next!!

Pablo Snooze on November 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Maybe he finally realized that he can’t lie his way out of being responsible for the economic collapse anymore…

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Actually if you look at the new lines, Barney no longer has New Bedford and many of the towns he was given were in Scott Brown’s old state senate district. There are more Republican state reps in this new 4th than any other Congressional district.

A close examination of voting trends shows that Barney could lose if the Mass GOP had a strong GOTV.

Ricki on November 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

“I have no family to “spend time with”, I got just got tired of bending over backwards to get me some Fannie Mae money – now it’s time for me to go full-time bending over frontwards in private life to pay Fanny forward, so to speak.” – Barney

whatcat on November 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

UPDATE: The Boston Globe is indicating that Frank’s office referenced the latest round of redistricting as playing into his decision not to run again.

So we know this excuse is a complete lie, right out of the gate. Whatever they tell you is never reality. It’s the “packaging” or whatever label they use today.

Something else is actually going on.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Barney Frank – Exit stage left………..

….new, fresher Progressive face enter stage right.

PappyD61 on November 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

I am just asking here. I dont follow sports at all. Does franks leaving have anything to do with the coach that was fired last night from Syracuse NY?
They kinda look alike. They say things happen in 3′s. the coach from penn state , the Scyracuse ny and now bawney peterpuffer fwanks.

ColdWarrior57 on November 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

C Ya

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

THIS IS GREAT! BARNEY BAILS AND THE DOW SURGES! WAY TO GO DEMS!!

Bootleghooch on November 28, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Shouldn’t that be Exit stage Weft?

Tennman on November 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Live video: Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank announces he won’t seek re-election in 2012 – @MSNBC
8 Min.ago

http://www.breakingnews.com/
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/45463947#null

canopfor on November 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Rush just said Barney’s seat is wide open. Priceless!

50sGuy on November 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

He has a fatal disease.

purgatory on November 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Yeah, it’s called the newly drawn Massachusetts’s 4th Congressional.

Heh!

roy_batty on November 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Rush just said Barney’s seat is wide open. Priceless!

50sGuy on November 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Same as it ever was.

roy_batty on November 28, 2011 at 1:11 PM

One Corrupt Democrat out, Several Hundred more corrupt elected officials to go…. then maybe we can start on getting rid of useless corrupt unelected govt officials.

Just a thought. If the elected Congress takes a pay cut. Does all the retired Congress people go down too? That would be Sweet!!

NTxOkie on November 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

O/T

O.M.G,it just keeps on getting better!
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3 former campaign staffers for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue indicted on criminal charges – @WITN
4 Min.ago

http://www.breakingnews.com/
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BREAKING NEWS: Former Perdue Campaign Workers Indicted
Three former staffers for Governor Beverly Perdue’s election campaign have been indicted on criminal charges
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by a Wake County grand jury. The three include an attorney from New Bern and the campaign’s finance director.
Posted: 12:53 PM Nov 28, 2011
Update 1:08PM
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http://www.witn.com/news/headlines/BREAKING_NEWS__Former_Perdue_Campaign_Workers_Indicted__134612283.html

canopfor on November 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Democrats, if they really cared about their country, would announce a resignation per day until they have all resigned. The boost to the economy would then truly be caused by Democrats.
.
Just think, we won’t have Barney Frank to kick around any more! I do hope he’s put on trial for malfeasance in office or some such thing like lying under oath. Then sentence him to solitary confinement so he couldn’t “enjoy himself.”

ExpressoBold on November 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Thanks for the breaking news…NC swamp being drained :)

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

This is the guy whose partner was running a male prostitution ring out of the Congressman’s house, right? So if that wasn’t retirement-worthy it’s hard to imagine some *other* scandal having driven him out. Pretty much the only thing the bright folks in his district would toss him out for is if it was revealed that he was a Republican.

SoRight on November 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Thanks for the breaking news…NC swamp being drained :)

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

cmsinaz:What a day for news,it just doesn’t end!:)

canopfor on November 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Barney Frank and the liberal Democrat social engineering policies of the Left have destroyed the world economy…

Not according to Alan Greenspan or anyone significant on Wall Street or in the mortgage industry… but if your understanding of the world is based on talk radio hosts, yes, you must be right.

bayam on November 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Note to whomever takes his seat…

… don’t sit down.

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Don’t let the whore hit ya on the a@@ on the way out Barney.

Wait ’til you get home.

29Victor on November 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Barney Frank,Live Feed!
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Barney Frank and the liberal Democrat social engineering policies of the Left have destroyed the world economy…

Not according to Alan Greenspan or anyone significant on Wall Street or in the mortgage industry… but if your understanding of the world is based on talk radio hosts, yes, you must be right.

bayam on November 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Not just talk radio hosts bayam…

… I’m kind of fond of this guy.

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I think we should all be gracious today and thank Congressman Frank for his service. He certainly did a positive good for America when he confessed to his homosexuality, thereby showing that we now have a land where people needn’t hide their sexual preferences to achieve something as notable as being elected to public office.

radjah shelduck on November 28, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Are you insane? Or do you just play insane on the internet?

SteveMG on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Pardon me for trying to be logical. Idiot.

Mommynator on November 28, 2011 at 1:39 PM

The greatest mystery in the world is after his horrible handling of Freddy Mac, MA reelects this clown…amazing!!!???

Irenaeus on November 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Damn. And it was kinda cool to have a congressman who talks exactly like Elmer Fudd!

RMCS_USN on November 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Not according to Alan Greenspan or anyone significant on Wall Street or in the mortgage industry…

bayam on November 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I’ll let Bwarney speak for himself bayam…

“The Democratic response is instructive to seeing who really sat back and allowed this collapse to occur…”

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Canopfor, the post thanksgiving dump :)

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I’m listening to AM radio, and the news at the top and bottom of the hour are gushing over Bwarney…

… Not a word about his hand in the economic collapse.

It truly is disgusting…

Seven Percent Solution on November 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

So we know this excuse is a complete lie, right out of the gate. Whatever they tell you is never reality. It’s the “packaging” or whatever label they use today.

Something else is actually going on.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Loosen up the tin foil dog… sometimes a 70 year-old queer retiring is just a 70 year-old queer retiring.

JohnGalt23 on November 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Good riddance to a politician who could give Ted Kennedy a run for his money in the dishonest wheeling-and-dealing category.

RebeccaH on November 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I’m sure it’s been said already here, but he’ll just make a mint as a lobbyist, insider, consultant, whatever.
And he will still be a part of the flagrant corruption.
I know, I’m cynical.
But who can blame me?

Badger40 on November 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Sometimes you’ve just made stolen enough money.

katy the mean old lady on November 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Good widdance.

stevezilla on November 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Loosen up the tin foil dog… sometimes a 70 year-old queer retiring is just a 70 year-old queer retiring.

JohnGalt23 on November 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

No tin foil, here, John. How can you tell when a politician is lying?

It’s never what they tell you, or at the very least it’s only a minor factor. This guy loves the notoriety. Maybe the mass dems are preparing a spot for what’shername, y’know the one who gave OWS their “intelectual foundation.” (BTW isn’t OWS and intellectual an oxymoron?)

Good riddance, Barney. You are a disgrace to your office and an embarrassment to your state.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

A somewhat bitter U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said today he will not seek re-election in 2012 in a move he said was triggered by redistricting that left him with too many new constituents to serve as a “lame duck” legislator.

“There are too many constraints,” Frank said today about life as a politician. “I would have had to work very hard” to win again next year. It would have been a tough campaign.

TheBigOldDog on November 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM

the redistricting did actually pit long time incumbents against each other. several of the older ones aren’t seeking re-election and one is thinking of moving to his summer house to be in another district in order to hold his seat.

because it’s almost all democrats its never competitive but it is always good when they’re at each other’s throats in the same party. if republicans gain the presidency or even just the senate frank’s big ass would have been toast anyway. he’s getting out while the gettings good.

frank lost working class areas but kept the newton-brookline axis of evil champagne socialists. still a happy day. can we off sir kerry-heinz oh please oh please….

mittens on November 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

It’s good to see stalwart Donks running for the hills.

I suspect that there will be plenty more in the next several months and even more after the 2012 elections.

molonlabe28 on November 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM

canopfor on November 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

This ties in nicely because North Carolinians finally did the right thing last year and gave the GOP control of the legislature. The redistricted lines should assure at least 4 GOP pick-ups (if not more!) for the House.

SouthernGent on November 28, 2011 at 2:29 PM

cozmo: I’ll see your Maxine Waters and raise you: Sheila Jackson Lee

So, if the Donks retake the House…

Wall Street executives are bracing for the possibility that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will take over as the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee after Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) retires.

Oh yeh… let’s give this woman America’s “power of the purse.”

Terp Mole on November 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, Frank helped author the financial regulatory reform bill that passed through Congress in 2010, when Frank served as the panel’s chairman. California Rep. Maxine Waters (D) is next in line to become ranking member of the committee.

William Amos on November 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM
Oh dear God. I used to live in her district. I swear, there has NEVER been anyone DUMBER elected to Congress in the entire history of our country.

karenhasfreedom on November 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Via a quick Wikipedia check, Maxine’s 3 years older than Barney and is now 73. (Assuming Wikipedia can be believed…)

If she in fact takes over the ranking minority position of that subcommittee, one wonders how many years she can hang in there herself?

I may be overestimating the expected “normal” human desire to actually enjoy some retirement years as opposed to dying (literally) while occupying one’s congressional seat.

Shirotayama on November 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

This makes me very happy.

I will now enjoy a double Glenlevit…

Opposite Day on November 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Wouldn’t you love to see a chart of how Barney Frank has enriched himself over the last seventeen terms? I wonder what his exiting net worth is.

onlineanalyst on November 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

explains the changes in the district. As barney is quoted, They didn’t do him any favors…

http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/11/barney-frank-not-seek-reelection/mu5wqlSc74sb0USka9ctxK/index.html?p1=News_links

Ricki on November 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

FLASHBACK 2004:

We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and particularly Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines​.”

Maxine Waters at a 2004 congressional hearing.

*and yes, that’s the same “Frank” Raines that vastly overstated Fannie Mae’s earnings in order to receive $90M in bonuses.

Terp Mole on November 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

I guess Barney will exit via the REAR door?

jake-the-goose on November 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Good riddanceththththth…..

Susanboo on November 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I must say that these postings are some of the funniest I have
ever read!

Amjean on November 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Barney ‘Tapioca Throat’ Frank is retiring. Oh my heavens. I never thought I’d live long enough to see the day. I wonder if his aids had anything to with his decision.

 

I’ve heard they’re not treated very well and they’re always grumbling about it.

FlatFoot on November 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Barney Frank and the liberal Democrat social engineering policies of the Left have destroyed the world economy…

Not according to Alan Greenspan or anyone significant on Wall Street or in the mortgage industry… but if your understanding of the world is based on talk radio hosts, yes, you must be right.

bayam on November 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Why were they bailed out then?

tinkerthinker on November 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Hate.
Him.

Elizabetty on November 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

He has a fatal disease.

purgatory on November 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

If not, he’s definitely a carrier.

Barnestormer on November 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

The only problem with redistricting for Bawney is he lost Bedford to the new lines after spending the last several years learning about the fishing industry issues important to that area. The one time he actually exerts himself for his constituents and it’s all for naught? No wonder he’s throwing a hissy fit.

As Groucho used to say, “I suppose this means you will leave in a huff. If you can’t find a huff, call a taxi.”

On the bright side, the new face of the Democratic Party for banking and finance matters will be that well-known expert, Maxine Waters. Mmm, mmm, mmm – can’t wait!

Adjoran on November 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Barney Frank – Exit stage left

Not the first time old Barney’s found an exit.

bluesman on November 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

This is good news for America, finally!

Dollayo on November 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Rumor has it he’s after an assistant coaching job at Penn State…

Wyznowski on November 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

This will difficult to leave all of his friends be-hind…

right2bright on November 28, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Fox News is reporting that former Red Sox Ace Curt Schilling may run as a republican in the district Bawney vacated. That’d be cool if it happened. The two greatest loves of Massachusetts; Red Sox and Democrats running against each other. Another case I’d be glad to say “Go Red Sox”.

Duncan Khuver on November 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Read all your posts, up to this point.

The jokes just write themselves, don’t they?

Enough material here for comedians ’till the end of time.

listens2glenn on November 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

However long it took, it took too long.

Another rat deserts the sinking ship.

Now about the office fumigation costs…….

gordo on November 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Just a thought. If the elected Congress takes a pay cut. Does all the retired Congress people go down too? That would be Sweet!!

NTxOkie on November 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Elected officials should all be 1099 employees with all their assets in triple blind trusts. That way there isn’t any retirement on the backs of the taxpayers and they can’t game the system to their advantage.

belad on November 28, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Many Thanks to Republican SEAN BIELAT who had the courage to run against Rep. Barney Frank in 2010!

Even though Sean Bielat didn’t win the election, he ran a strong race and came within 11 points to prove that Barney Frank was much more vulnerable than most people would have ever expected. Sean also forced Barney to spend his campaign cash to save his Congressional seat.

Sean Bielat’s ability to show Barney how hard he would have to work and how much money he would have to raise to win re-election in 2012 was probably a BIG factor in Barney’s decision to retire.

It is going to be a multi-year process to clean out the House and the Senate.

Having candidates like Sean Bielat who are willing to challenge entrenched incumbents is an important first step toward upgrading the quality of our representation in Congress!

Now we need a strong Republican candidate to run in this Congressional district and WIN!

wren on November 28, 2011 at 4:36 PM

The news about Barney Frank’s decision to retire just keeps getting better and better!

Enjoy the moment!

Barney Frank retirement bad news for Nancy Pelosi

Conventional wisdom in D.C. has it that House minority leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have a hard time staying in the leadership if Democrats do not retake the House next year. Veteran lawmaker Barney Frank’s retirement does not bode well for that prospect.

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2011/11/28/barney-frank-retirement-bad-news-for-nancy-pelosi/?tsp=1

wren on November 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Bye bye banking queen… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5NrqqK60OI

Don’t let the door hit you in the arse, or maybe you want it to.

reshas1 on November 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Just like France’s far turn right against gays in the last election, Frank has no chance of winning anywhere

LeeSeneca on November 28, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Barney Frank and the liberal Democrat social engineering policies of the Left have destroyed the world economy…

Not according to the guy who really did it, Alan Greenspan or anyone anonymous significant on Wall Street or all the Democrats infesting the mortgage industry… but if your understanding of the world is based on successful talk radio hosts, yes, you must be right. My understanding of the world, on the other hand, is based on Paul Krugman!

bayam on November 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Fixed.

In your world, the real perps are to be excused. Those would be Greenspan, Geithner, the Democrats who would not allow Fannie and Freddie to be fixed, the Democrat Moles Clinton put IN Fannie and Freddie, et al.

I’m in the mortgage industry, BTW. Are you?

Del Dolemonte on November 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I’m still waiting for the release of a report concerning new allegations into Fwank’s ILLEGAL deals with Fannie/Fweddie. I wonder what they’ve got on him this time.

He has just over one year left to get an 0bama presidential pardon.

DannoJyd on November 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Not according to Alan Greenspan or anyone significant on Wall Street or in the mortgage industry… but if your understanding of the world is based on talk radio hosts, yes, you must be right.

bayam on November 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Here you’ve popped in with another non-specific, link free, unsubstantiatable comment.

Your formula: (one named person) + (vague references to unnamed experts)- (anything like proof) = you are stoopid!

Like a bad pickup line at a crowded bar; has this ever worked for you?

massrighty on November 28, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I live in Frank’s district and I am very happy this day.

As far as the seats, John Olver already retired so it wasn’t about avoiding a fight so much. All the land around there is malleable if you want to move it around.

Don’t let the 61% for Obama fool you. A better model is the 2010 Special Election of Scott Brown. Obama even visited Massachusetts to boost Martha Coakley and she still lost. With the exceptions of the big cities of Fall River, New Bedford (redistricted out) and Brookline/Newton, the rest of Frank’s district is within striking distance for Republican victory at a bare minimum. The 4th also picked up Middleboro which has a fairly strong Republican Town Committee.

It will be a competitive race for sure, especially if Scott Brown runs a good campaign.

BKennedy on November 28, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Doesn’t he get prison time at some point?

AshleyTKing on November 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM

I heard Frank is looking for an opening at Penn State or Syracuse.

cannonball on November 28, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Bawney got into Freddie’s Fannie and made off with millions. This guy needs an orange suit, not the millions in retirement benefits these bandits voted for them selves

jainphx on November 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM

He has a fatal disease.
purgatory on November 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM
If not, he’s definitely a carrier.
Barnestormer on November 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Word is he has botulism

got some bad meat in the can

hope he suffers long

Sonosam on November 29, 2011 at 1:33 AM

You could say he wants to get his years of public service behind him, but that position is already occupied. Ew.

curved space on November 29, 2011 at 6:01 AM

I just keep hoping that one day there will be a reward program on democrats like there is for the trash fish in the river near my home. I would be retired in the first year of the program.

jistincase on November 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Word is he has botulism

got some bad meat in the can

hope he suffers long

Sonosam on November 29, 2011 at 1:33 AM

LOL! Now that there is funny!

jistincase on November 29, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Seeing how folks will elect idiots like, Dodd, Fwank, Watters, Kenny,Pelosi, Kerry, Kennedy etc. gives me little hope for humanity.

esnap on November 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Wouldn’t you love to see a chart of how Barney Frank has enriched himself over the last seventeen terms? I wonder what his exiting net worth is.

onlineanalyst on November 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Money don’t do nothing for you in hell.

jarhead0311 on November 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Don’t worry Barney, that Congressional seat is coming to Texas, and we will be sure the “Right” candidate is elected to replace you…

golfer1 on November 30, 2011 at 4:24 PM

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