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With Frank leaving, Mass. Dems ponder bleak future


BOSTON (AP) -- Rep. Barney Frank's decision to step down at the end of his term is the latest jolt to the Massachusetts Democratic Party, which once counted Kennedys, House speakers and a president among its ranks.

Instead, some of the state's best-known political figures are now Republicans, among them Sen. Scott Brown and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Frank has long been a liberal lightning rod and the highest-profile member of the state's all-Democratic House delegation.

The party was still trying to recoup from the death of Democratic icon U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy in 2009 and the loss of a House seat in the most recent redistricting process.

Massachusetts Democratic Chairman John Walsh said the party continues to attract strong candidates, including consumer activist and Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren.

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