Frank won’t run for reelection
US Representative Barney Frank, the state’s highest-profile congressman and one of the nation’s leading liberal voices, has decided not to seek reelection next year. The Newton Democrat scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference at Newton City Hall “to formally announce and answer questions about his decision not to run for re-election in 2012,” according to a statement. Frank faced a stern reelection challenge last year from Republican Sean Bielat. Nonetheless, he insisted he would seek another term.