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Barney Frank Wants to Return to Washington as Senator: VIDEO


Barney Frank isn't finished, Politico reports:

Barney Frank, one day out of Congress, said on Friday that he has asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to send him back as an interim senator when Sen. John Kerry becomes secretary of state.

“A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested,” Frank said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: ‘You gotta go to summer school.’ 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.”

He added, “I’ve told the governor I would now like, frankly, to do that [serve as interim senator].”

Franks says he won't run for Kerry's seat in a summer special election.

Yesterday, he appeared on MSNBC on his final day as a Congressman, and talked about the 112th Congress, the worst ever.


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  1. I have mixed feelings about this. I think Barney is brilliant and would like to see him be a U.S. senator, but wouldn't it be better for the governor to appoint someone who would be a viable candidate for the permanent job come this summer?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 4, 2013 8:34:13 AM

  2. Barney knows so much about how it works, especially as it relates to finance. He's a perfect fit, even if he did decide to run for Senate... and why not?

    Frankly, the Senate needs more people willing to call bullshiz. Plus, he'd be great on the AM talk shows.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jan 4, 2013 8:38:24 AM

  3. he would be great in the senate, plus the great talkiing points he makes will be on natioal news every night

    Posted by: capetom | Jan 4, 2013 8:46:28 AM

  4. If Rep Frank has no prospects of keeping that seat in the summer, much less contesting it, then he's o no use to the Democratic party.

    Posted by: G | Jan 4, 2013 8:46:59 AM

  5. Barney would be a great senator, but in this situation, he would simply be a placeholder who would increase Brown's chances of winning back the sat for the Republicans. We need someone in there for the long haul.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 4, 2013 8:50:02 AM

  6. I would prefer a candidate who will serve as a permanent senator.

    Frank has retired. Thanks and everything, but 'goodbye' Mr Frank.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 4, 2013 9:00:19 AM

  7. OMG I loath this guy Franks, with a passion. And I'm probably the only one on here who has actually met and interacted with this arrogant, pompous d*ckhead.

    Just go somewhere with your ill gotten gains, Frank, and get yourself some roughtrade hustler to blow while your husband watches and j-offs. What about the word retire don't you understand?

    *rant off*

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 4, 2013 9:56:27 AM

  8. I thought Gov Deval Patrick made it clear that he does not want to appoint anyone as interim senator who may also want to run in the election because he believes there's no way to properly fulfill one's obligations for a short time as a senator while also mounting a big campaign for election. (Not sure I agree, but I believe that's the governor's opinion on the matter...)

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 4, 2013 9:57:40 AM

  9. Patrick only wants am interim Senator for this, and Frank would be perfect. Besides the historical significance of joining Baldwin as an out Senator, he simply knows this stuff, and he's a witty, biting advocate. I'd love to see him take on some of the GOP fools in the upper chamber. (he'd certainly make Graham uneasy... tee hee).

    Posted by: mikemike | Jan 4, 2013 10:56:19 AM

  10. Barney, you earned your payola on Boards of Directorships. Please leave the stage.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jan 4, 2013 11:26:28 AM

  11. He would make all the right people unhappy. It does make sense for someone who knows Washington to take the seat for a while and represent the state vigorously while someone else ran for it in ernest. His insight into the house of representatives would be useful in the months to come.

    Posted by: Armando | Jan 4, 2013 11:34:01 AM

  12. As much as I admire much of what Barney Frank has done as a member of Congress, I hope Gov. Patrick does not appoint him as the interval Senator to fill Sen Kerry's seat. His appointment would guarantee that should Pres Obama choose Chuck Hagel to be his Sec of Defense, he would not have Franks support. That is a deal breaker for me.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 4, 2013 12:08:02 PM

  13. I agree with what others have said, that it would be better to appoint a progressive at the beginning (or middle) of their career to give them a higher profile. Barney Frank is at the end of his career so this is just ego-stroking for him.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 4, 2013 12:31:10 PM

  14. If history is any indication, Gov. Patrick will not appoint an interim senator who plans to run for the seat. He used a placeholder when Kennedy died so that the seat could be vigorously contested. That said, if history is any LESSON, he will change that strategy since Martha Coakley got her a$$ handed to her by Scott Brown and we were stuck with Brown for several years. It's difficult though because the top Dem candidates for that seat are likely Markey and Capuano, who are both already in the House. Do you appoint them in the interim and then have them lose against Brown in the summer? May be better for them to stay put in the House and run for the seat from there. Barney is popular, but people should remember, he is from a very liberal area of Massachusetts and his appeal may be limited to that. May be better to put a no name in there who won't distrat people from the special election. I love Barney, but he could piss people off in Massachusetts and make it a lot easier for Brown to walk back in to Congress. Though I completely agree that he would be a good person to have in the Senate during fiscal negotiations.

    I think it's really a shame to pull Kerry from Congress and potentially lose that seat to the GOP just after we scored a victory with Warren's election.

    Posted by: FancyPants | Jan 4, 2013 12:35:22 PM

  15. Frank's primary base as congressman was wealthy suburbs west of Boston, especially cities like Newton. IMO he would never win a senatorial election from the state as a whole. And this has nothing to do with the fact he's gay. A gay man or woman could win a senate seat in MA. Frank just has a lot of baggage and he's not as 'loved' as he's portrayed as by some people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 4, 2013 12:42:17 PM

  16. Frank's primary base as congressman was wealthy suburbs west of Boston, especially cities like Newton. IMO he would never win a senatorial election from the state as a whole. And this has nothing to do with the fact he's gay. A gay man or woman could win a senate seat in MA. Frank just has a lot of baggage and he's not as 'loved' as he's portrayed as by some people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 4, 2013 12:42:19 PM

  17. As a MA resident, it seems you people above don't know how the system works.

    Once a senate seat is vacated, the Governor elects an interim senator that will hold the seat for 180 days until a special election is held. Said interim senator CANNOT run for said senate seat to complete the original senator's term.

    Essentially, Frank would be a placeholder for 180 days until someone new is elected.

    I will say, I pray Markey doesn't win in the primary. He is Harry Reid lite.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 4, 2013 1:26:21 PM

  18. Sam--Do you have any citation for that opinion. I read that Deval said he thought last time the cabndidate should not plan to run for office. That suggests to me that they could run under the law, but I haven't got the legal training to find the applicable law. Do you?

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 4, 2013 1:55:31 PM

  19. Deval Patrick will most likely run for the open Senate seat so he can focus on campaigning in his last year of office with the full weight of the governor's mansion behind him.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jan 4, 2013 2:27:49 PM

  20. Barney has nixed his chances of becoming an interim Senator by coming out publically and saying that he would not support the Presidents choice for Sec of Defense: Chuck Hagel. Loose lips sink ships Barney, and your's has sunk.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 6, 2013 8:47:35 AM

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