File photo shows House Financial Services Committee Chairman Frank listening to US Treasury Secretary Geithner in Washington

 
File photo shows House Financial Services Committee Chairman Frank listening to US Treasury Secretary Geithner in Washington
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank listens to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testify before the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this October 29, 2009 file photo. Representative Frank, the outspoken, witty Democrat closely tied to the 2008 U.S. bank bailout, faces a tough re-election battle after 15 terms in office at a time when incumbency itself is a liability. Challenging the Massachusetts liberal is Republican Sean Bielat, an Iraq war veteran, and opinion polls suggest Frank has an uncomfortably narrow lead over a political unknown. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT)