Barney Frank exit may signal the end of glory days for Mass. Democrats
Barney Frank will not seek re-election in 2012, but will there be enough Democratic fire power left in Massachusetts after he's gone?
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The immediate future of Massachusetts' reputation for political king-making may be in the hands of a Republican. While Romney is running for the GOP presidential nomination, he's been forced to play down his signature political accomplishment as Massachusetts governor — passage of a landmark 2006 health care law.
Brown surprised many in the state by capturing the seat formerly held by Edward Kennedy in a special election last year after Kennedy's death from brain cancer. Democrats are pinning some of their hopes for the future on Harvard professor and consumer activist Elizabeth Warren, who has fired up the party's liberal base as she works to unseat Brown in next year's election.
Despite Frank's departure, the state still boasts some powerful Democrats with seniority and political muscle.
The dean of the delegation, Rep. Edward Markey of Malden, who was elected in 1976, is the ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee and has been a leading party voice on climate change, nuclear safety, consumer issues and environmental matters.
Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield, a senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, is seen as a potential chairman of that powerful tax-writing panel. Rep. Jim McGovern of Worcester, meanwhile, is seen as a possible chairman of the House Rules Committee down the road.
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