Barney Frank slims down for spring

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has lost a lot of weight, though it’s unclear how much.

This week, Frank confirmed what many on Capitol Hill have suspected during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show.” The exchange was classic Frank.

As Maddow thanked him for coming on, she said to Frank, “[You’re] always a big target for the right and somebody who seems to enjoy [being targeted] as much as they enjoy targeting you.”
Frank quipped, “Well, [I’m] a smaller target. I’m losing a little weight.”

The 70-year-old Democrat is no stranger to dieting: Frank once lost 100 pounds in eight months. He has previously blamed his voracious appetite for the extra pounds, telling his biographer that “The day I die, I will either be fat or hungry.”

Frank’s office declined to specify how many pounds the lawmaker has shed.