Senator Edward M. Kennedy's posthumously published memoir got all the ink last week, but he's not the only Massachusetts lawmaker profiled in a new book.
A biography of Representative Barney Frank is to be published this month by the University of Massachusetts Press.
In "Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman," the Newton Democrat tells author Stuart Weisberg that a capstone to his political career would be to join President Obama's cabinet, USA Today reports on its political blog.
But he would only be interested in leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development (where the secretary is now Shaun Donovan, a former New York City housing commissioner) under certain conditions. "We are only partly there with affordable housing … I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can get the federal government back in the housing business," Frank says in the book.
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com ($19.77) and according to the jacket, Weisberg interviewed more than 150 people, including 30 hours with Frank, to capture the congressman in "all his quirkiness, irreverence, and complexity."
"Above all, this book shows Frank to be a superb legislator -- a pragmatic politician who had dedicated his career to an unabashedly liberal agenda and whose depth of intellect and sense of humor have made him one of the most influential and colorful figures in Washington," the blurb says.
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