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Pro Online Gambling Barney Frank Announces Retirement


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This week supporters of legalised online gambling the United States received
some bad news, with an announcement that Congressman and renowned proponent of
regulated online gambling, US Rep. Barney Frank, will retire at the end of
2012
.

Frank, a friend and the official political face of the cause to legalise and
regulate online gambling in the United States, announced this week that he will
not be seeking re-election at the end of next year, when his term in the US
House of Representatives is scheduled to come to an end.

The seasoned 71-year-old politician told a leading daily New York paper that one
of the reasons for his decision was that he had grown weary of the regular and
often ‘heated partisan battles’ of modern politics, that were not around when he
entered office way back in 1981. Another was the often tedious and tiresome
campaigning.

Said Frank, ‘By the end of next year, I will have been doing this for 45 years
with one six-month sabbatical. It’s been a privilege to fight for the quality of
[other] people’s lives, but I’m ready to put a little more quality into my own
life.’

Although throughout his long and illustrious career Frank has taken on many
notable political causes, the one he’ll no doubt be remembered for the most in
the latter stages of his career, is his well-documented support for the
legalisation and regulation of online gambling in the United States.

Frank Aimed to Decriminalise Online Gambling in US

Just a few short years ago, when ‘online gambling’ were particularly dirty words
on Capital Hill, Frank was there waving his banner high to have the popular
internet activity decriminalised on a federal level, which between then and now
has and continues to be an uphill battle, as most US politicians still perceive
online gambling as a problematic pastime.

Over the years, Frank attempted to
introduce many bills designed to legalise online gambling in the US, but none of
them ever made it through. That said, he still has just over a year left in
politics, so perhaps between now and the end of next year, he can convince his
colleagues in Washington DC that a legalised and regulated online gambling in
the US is the right way to go – for all.

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