Barney Frank says he's ready to leave Congress and start a new phase of his life.  The Massachusetts Democrat announced his retirement earlier this year.  In an interview that appeared in Friday's Boston Globe, the paper said Frank is transferring his liberal ideas from the halls of Congress to the lecture circuit.  The 40  year politician will take time out in February to perform in an off-Broadway show about the life of former New York City Mayor Fiorello Laguardia. 

Frank told the Globe, he has retained an agent, William Morris Endeavor, that is already booking speaking engagements. During his final days in the House, Frank is writing letters of  recommendation for staffers and focusing on the need to cut military spending.