Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) married his longtime partner Jim Ready in a small Saturday ceremony in Newton, Mass. on the banks of the Charles River.
Back in 1987, Frank was the first member of Congress to reveal himself as openly gay. Now he’s the first member of Congress to wed a same sex partner. He has served in the House since 1981 retiring at the end of his term.
Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, met at a 2005 fundraiser.
Popular consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren has been a favorite target of Republican lawmakers since she built President Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from the ground up. For two years, they stymied her bid to lead the agency she created. Since Warren announced her intention to challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the 2012 election, Republicans have sought to paint her as an Ivy League elitist for teaching at Harvard Law School. Now the Massachusetts GOP is trying another tactic altogether — directly lobbying Harvard not to pay Warren’s salary while she is running for the Senate
Elizabeth Warren: 46 (32) Scott Brown (R-inc): 44 (47) Undecided: (21) (MoE: 3.5 ±%)
Elizabeth Warren has clearly had an extremely successful launch of her campaign. Her favorability rating in Massachusetts has risen from 21 percent favorable/17 percent unfavorable in June to 40 percent favorable/22 percent unfavorable now. Further, she is way, way ahead in the Democratic primary.
Warren is also getting a boost from changing views of Scott Brown among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. In June, his favorability rating among Obama voters was 35 percent favorable/48 percent unfavorable. Now, it has dropped to just 27 percent favorable/62 percent unfavorable.
Massachusetts Democratic voters are moving toward Warren, and away from Brown. In this heavily blue state, that is enough to suddenly make this an extremely competitive campaign.
This could very well be the biggest Senate campaign in 2012—possibly even the campaign on which control of the Senate hinges.