According to the (indispensable) Almanac of American Politics, the closest thing the unhappy Barney Frank has had to a private sector job was when, from 1978-1980, he served as a teaching fellow at the Harvard/JFK School of Government — while serving (simultaneously) in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. After graduating from Harvard (and abandoning his doctoral work), Barney went to work for Boston’s very well-educated mayor Kevin White, then served as Administrative Assistance for U.S. Rep. Michael Harrington before entering the world of electoral politics himself when he ran from the Massachusetts House.
He has never held a job unrelated to government.
So, where, one blogger asks, “do all of these “public servants” get these vast amounts of personal wealth?“ Barney, you see, has recently “given his re-election campaign $200,000 as he faces his toughest race in years.” Also noting that “Frank isn’t a tremendously wealthy guy“, Allahpundit asks, “What on earth are his internal polls showing him to make him cough up 200 grand?”
R.S. McCain doesn’t mince words when he speculates why the self-righteous career politician might be in trouble:
Hey, when a congressman and his heckler boyfriend fly to the Virgin Islands aboard the private jet of a hedge-fund billionaire in the midst of an economic apocalypse the congressman arguably helped cause . . .
Do you really need polls to tell you that might hurt his chances for re-election? Yeah, I know it’s Massachusetts, but the economy’s in a ditch, and Barney’s up there sippin’ on a Slurpee, so to to speak.
Thirty years in Congress, thirty-eight in elective office, over four decades working in government, you think maybe this guy has lost touch how to talk to the people in his district?
If he’s losing favor now, don’t think a cupla hundred grand of his own money will help much.
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