Barney Frank wants to be an interim senator for Massachusetts
BOSTON — He's been out of Congress for one day, but retirement doesn't seem to suit former Rep. Barney Frank.
“A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn't interested,” Frank said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.” “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.”
The longtime Democratic congressman from Massachusetts told The Associated Press that he asked Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him to serve as the state's interim senator until a special election is held to fill John Kerry's seat, which will be vacant if Kerry gets Senate approval for secretary of State.
Patrick confirmed Friday that he was considering Frank and believed he would make a “great interim senator,” but said he had talked to other people about the position.
“I'm very well suited to do it,” Frank said. “You're not going to have a long period to get acquainted with things.”
Frank said he wouldn't run for Kerry's seat in a special election.
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