Rep. Barney Frank opened up with American Banker's Rob Blackwell in a 2012 interview, discussing what motivated him to get into politics, his personal life, and the cause of political gridlock in Congress.

"While a handful of these remarks were included in an earlier article on Frank's legacy, much of the conversation was left on the cutting room floor," writes Blackwell. The full interview gives more insight into Frank's work and future plans.

Frank says of his retirement from the House Financial Services Committee, "I will take on no responsibilities. I plan to run my mouth for money, both orally and in writing."

For the full piece see "Politics, Banking and Congressional Gridlock: A Q&A with Barney Frank" (may require subscription).