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Barney Frank Reportedly Told Governor He Wants to Be Interim Senator

Frank reportedly wants to stay to be part of the fiscal cliff debate.

One day after leaving the U.S. Congress, former Newton Democratic Congressman Barney Frank said he asked Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim senator to fill John Kerry's seat, according to the Boston Herald.

Frank made the remarks during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Jan. 4.

If appointed, Frank would fill the seat Kerry will likely vacate if he is confirmed as the next Secretary of State.

Frank said he wanted to stay in politics for now because he wanted to be part of the fiscal cliff debate, according to the Herald. Tweets from Boston Globe political reporter Glen Johnson confirmed the news. 

"But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history," Frank said on MSNBC, which was quoted in Politico.

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Christian January 04, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Because he did such a bang-up job overseeing the banking sector's shenanigans? Nothing personal, but let's review his past and where we are today: 1. In retrospect, he was a total failure as an overseer of the nation's banking sector. As financial armageddon unfolded, Frank spent most of his time defending himself, lashing out at constituents and NOT bringing any bank executives to "justice". 2. All his career, Rep. Frank was a lightning rod of conservative rhetoric (however repugnant it was) and extraordinarily partisan voice for the Left/ Progressive cause. 3. This Congress's inability and unwillingness to get anything done didn't just happen. Our once anti-partisan country (founded by people who almost barred the existence of political parties from the outset) has been subject to a 40-year takeover by partisan interests, culminating in a complete governmental jam-up. Barney Frank was a part of half of that history. I would encourage - if not beg - Gov. Patrick to look for a bridge-building interim senator. I'm not a Scott Brown supporter (I voted for Warren), but I have to believe we are willing to find a path forward with someone who brings credibility and a moderate, "get it done" track record to the job. I think Frank would be more distracting and and disruptive than helpful, despite his desire to go back into service (at a higher pay scale).
Andrea Fein January 04, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Barney Frank would be a huge, and importantly DEMOCRATIC, asset. Hope this happens.
Janet Sterman January 04, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Hey, I am going to call Deval's office and let them know I want to be the interim Senator, too. Are we all free to call to indicate our desire for this post? This is an interim position, and FRANKLY I think Barney always dreamed of being senator and never took the chance to run for it? I would rather see someone like Mike Dukakis there. Frank is and was a disaster and knows very little about how the banking industry works. (Although I like Eliz. Warren's positions on families and women, I question her insight and knowledge of the banking industry as well!) Here is my cry - LET BARNEY GO HOME ALREADY!!!
Steven Shaw January 04, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Browns defeat was a great disaster for the country. Look where we are under Democratic control. Debt, debt, debt. No jobs. Broken health system, Demo's refuse to acknowledge. Plus a President who has no idea how to lead.
jose Alicea January 04, 2013 at 11:06 PM
What s joke Dobbs Frank act has over regulated the mortgage industry you have good people that need help and unable to buy or refimanve Aldo way did the baskets to took all those sun prime mortgages why were they not put in jail a jokr
Choo Choo January 12, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Barney violated Deval's request (either implied or explicit) not to divulge Deval's potential choice for an interim senator. While Barney was not the only involved in the financial disaster, he was part of a multi-part circus that benefited (emotionally, politically, financially, and some combination of those and possibly more). Barney is a newly-wed; he should enjoy his first year of marriage! I would suggest a trip to Niagara Falls (both sides) to see the difference between the US and Canada (the banks are sounder, the streets are cleaner, and the housing is better).

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