From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk
Barney Frank (D-I Love Me) gets Page One of the local dailies today, but in very – wait for it – different ways (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages).
The feisty local tabloid devotes two full pages to the Barney-burner, complete with Hall of Shame qualifications:
Note especially this:
A huge public policy blunder
During the beginning of the financial industry crisis, Frank defended Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from more government oversight, famously declaring the agencies “fundamentally sound.” We know how wrong that turned out to be.
Crosstown at the Globe, the coverage is more, well, restrained.
On what should have been the first day of his retirement from Congress, former representative Barney Frank instead burst back onto the political scene, revealing that he had asked Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him to temporarily fill John Kerry’s Senate seat while a special election is held.
Frank said his 32 years in Congress made him especially qualified to help settle spending and entitlement fights that were pushed off several months by the New Year’s Eve fiscal cliff compromise between President Obama and congressional leaders.
“The first months of the new Senate will be among the most important in American history. I may be a little immodest, but I called the governor and said I think I can be a help in reaching a fair solution to some of these issues,” Frank told the Globe Friday.
Asked about running in the special election for the seat, Frank said “absolutely not.”
And does the Globe piece mention the Fannie/Freddie kerfuffle?