The Washington Times - December 1, 2011, 01:18PM

Retiring Democratic Rep. Barney Frank has been called many things during his three decades in Congress. But fashion expert likely isn’t one label that comes to mind for most people.

Except for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.


The California Democrat, during her weekly briefing with reporters on Thursday, deviated from her talking points to wax nostalgic for several minutes about Mr. Frank, who announced Monday he won’t seek a 17th term next year.

When asked about her most memorable moment with the chronically blunt Massachusetts Democrat, Mrs. Pelosi recalled an episode years ago when she wore a new suit to work.

“I go to the floor and the first person I run in to is Barney Frank, who said, ‘Give it away, don’t wear that suit anymore,’” said Mrs. Pelosi while holding back laughter.

Later that day she said she received another reprimand from former House Appropriations Democratic leader David Obey for not being diplomatic enough when presenting a bill.

“So (I thought), this is really my day: I’m getting fashion advice from Barney Frank and diplomacy advice from Dave Obey,” Mrs. Pelosi said, drawing laughts from the press corps.