I don’t know what’s more maddening — that Barney Frank was the proverbial “mouse in charge of the cheese” when it comes to running the committee overseeing Fannie & Freddie, or that he was also later in charge of fixing the problem after it was clear that he was part of the problem.

Frank has confirmed a claim in a book about the financial crisis that, while he was Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, he got his “companion” a job at Fannie Mae — but he said that this “didn’t influence his duties” on the Committee.

Apparently it didn’t end there either — Barney’s mother was helped out as well:

Morgenson also reported in the book that Fannie Mae made sizable grants — $25,000 in 1994 and $50,000 in 2001 — to a Boston organization cofounded by Frank’s late mother and twice gave the group an award for its work in providing housing for the elderly. Frank said yesterday in an interview with the Globe that the grants to the organization, the Committee to End Elder Homelessness, did not influence his duties.

I’ll be surprised if there isn’t a treasure trove of other questionable favors that, without a doubt, didn’t influence his duties.

Um, Barney, unless your “duties” were to get jobs and grants for family and boyfriends, then yes, it did “influence your duties” — and your duties influenced others, not to mention put taxpayers on the hook for billions.

Comments

4 Responses to “Barney Frank Covers His Fannie”

  1. SignPainterGuy on May 27th, 2011 12:25 pm

    "Mouse in charge of the cheese", "Fox guarding the hen house"………Who`s watching the "mice" and the "foxes" ? The "Wolves" we`ve been fighting at our doors ?
    I think so !!

  2. Dexter_Alarius on May 27th, 2011 1:23 pm

    I suspect Barney gave his boyfriend lots of jobs.

  3. Fuzzlenutter on May 27th, 2011 1:48 pm

    Oh, and that no criminal charges will ever be brought against him because of the fear of being labeled "homophobic".

    This disgusting human being has pretty much free reign…

  4. Marshall_Will on May 27th, 2011 4:53 pm

    Correct! Save for one ( the balance required KNEE PADS! )

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