We’ve got two contenders for this week’s loopiest quote:
“At no point during my 31 years here was this ligament ever essential to the performance of my duties.”--Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), during a floor speech Thursday, in which he attempted to pre-empt any questions about why his arm was in a sling--an echo of a similar move he made back in 2007, when he asked colleagues to stop asking him, already, about a post-surgery sling.
Frank explained this time that his injury (a torn ligament; he’s not sure how it happened, thanks for asking) has nothing to do with his recently announced retirement. Despite his protestations that he didn’t need the ligament to perform essential job functions, we can’t help but think he might have used it at some point in his career to twist an arm or two.