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Frank speaks frankly on campaigning
The ever-quotable Rep. Barney Frank minces no words when talking about what he has learned about campaigning over the years.
“That it sucks,” the Massachusetts Democrat told Men’s Journal magazine for its May edition. “It’s the most god-awful human activity that doesn’t involve physical pain. It’s high tension, and it’s boring and difficult work — begging people for money and debasing yourself. I’ve known people who claim they’ve enjoyed it, but I think they’re lying.” Frank — who is retiring when his 16th term ends next year — said Pope John Paul II had the most influence on his career. Why? Because the pope in 1980 ordered priests not to serve in politics and Father Robert Drinan, who was serving in Congress, complied and did not run again. Frank moved into Drinan’s district, ran for the U.S. House and won.