HAILING FRANK: The National Jewish Democratic Council says that Rep. Barney Frank, who announced today that he will not run for reelection after 16 terms in Congress, “truly represented the Jewish value of tikkun olam.”
SUCCEEDING FRANK: Real Clear Politics election analyst Sean Trende says that the race to succeed Rep. Barney Frank “will likely be somewhat competitive,” noting that his Massachusetts district has been redrawn to add some more Republican-friendly suburbs: “The Democrats should win this race, but if Republicans field a solid challenger, they’ll have a shot at picking off the seat."
CHRISTIE AT RJC: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — who briefly flirted with getting into the GOP presidential scrum — will reportedly keynote the Republican Jewish Coalitions’s Dec. 7 luncheon. That day the RJC is hosting a presidential candidates’ forum featuring all the major GOP hopefuls with the exception of Rep. Ron Paul.
HIKIND HEARTS GINGRICH: New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a conservative Orthodox Democrat who often crosses party lines, says that Newt Gingrich is his preferred presidential candidate.
SPITZER’S ‘OCCUPY’ EMBRACE: Politico notes that former New York governor Eliot Spitzer has been an outspoken booster of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
SCHUMER’S INEQUALITY ‘LASER’: Sen. Chuck Schumer says that inequality is an issue that Democrats will focus on “like a laser” in 2012.
GIFFORDS SERVES TURKEY: On Thanksgiving, Rep. Gabby Giffords was dishing out dinner at a local Air Force base.