Frank no longer interested in joining Obama Cabinet

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who previously indicated an interest in capping his career as a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, is no longer interested.

Frank, 70, told author Stuart Weisberg, in Weisberg’s 2009 biography of Frank, that he would like to be Housing and Urban Development secretary. Weisberg wrote that before he would consider joining Obama’s team, Frank wanted to pass more legislation on affordable housing.

At the time, Frank said, “I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can get the federal government back in the housing business.”
The Massachusetts lawmaker indicated that that was then and this is now.

The Financial Services Committee chairman, who spent much of this Congress pushing the financial regulatory reform bill to its ultimate passage, told ITK, “I’m too old.”

After the biography of Frank was released, there was speculation that Frank could be the first openly gay appointee to the Cabinet.