Barney Frank: Members of the House are smart — except for those elected in 2010

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 18:57 EDT
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In video published online Wednesday, outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told PBS NewsHour that most members of the U.S. House of Representatives were of above-average intelligence.

However, he provided a clear exception: those elected in 2010, when a wave of tea party Republicans joined Congress.

“What I have found is that, on the whole, the members of Congress are smarter than average,” Frank said in the interview, which was recorded last month.

“Now, here’s the deal. It’s not been the case with people elected in 2010 and this isn’t partisan,” he added. “Ordinarily, to get elected to Congress, it takes a certain amount of energy and creativity. When you get one of those elections where one party wins overwhelmingly, it tends to sweep in some flotsam and jetsam. And that’s been true of the Democrats and the Republicans.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by PBS, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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