Barney Frank Wants to be Massachusetts’ Interim Senator

So much for talk that the person who fills in for the remaining months of Secretary State-to-be John Kerry’s remaining Senate seat will likely be a caretaker. Former Rep. Barney Frank, one of the most outspoken Democrats, a politician who in many ways seems like the quintessentially “happy warrior” (even when he’s angry) is making it clear he would like the position. And not just so he can hold the seat: he wants to be in on the debt ceiling fight:

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.”

Frank said he wouldn’t run for Kerry’s seat in a special election, which would most likely take place this summer.

Other names mentioned as a possible caretaker for Kerry’s seat include former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall — who crafted the historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the Bay State. Patrick has said he won’t name an interim Senator until after Kerry officially resigns.

In an interview with the Boston Globe after his “Morning Joe” appearance, Frank said Patrick was playing his cards close to the vest.

“He said, ‘Thank-you for telling me,’” Frank told the paper. “As you expect, he was noncommittal.”

Frank would certainly liven up the debate ceiling battle. And he is one of the media’s favorites since he does’t mince words and shows great glee in political combat. But, in the end, it’s up to Patrick — and in Massachusetts the scramble to replace Kerry has clearly begun.

10 Comments

  1. Frank could certainly hit the ground running, particularly on the fiscal and financial issues.

    If Governor Patrick is intent on appointing someone who will serve on an interim basis who has no interest in running for the seat, Frank’s offer would have to be given serious consideration. But with Dukakis being an elder statesman of the party, one-time nominee for the presidency, his is probably the stronger case.

    If Patrick wants to appoint someone with long-term senatorial prospects or ambitions (presumably, like himself), Frank and Dukakis are out. My guess is that someone like Dukakis and Frank is likelier than not to be appointed.

  2. Oh, no, he’s back. Can Dodd be far behind?

  3. Liberals may wish to close their eyes for this comment.

    Barney Frank has caused the country, and its economic situation in particular, enough grief. He should return to MA and focus his energy on something he is more adept at than economic policy, like aiding and abetting prostitution rings. Come to think of it, he wasn’t very good at that either.

    Just go away, Barney. Please!

  4. I like Barney the liberal, but I don’t care much for Barney the banker. I hope this does not happen.

  5. There are certain things I do like about Barney’s personality. Others….not so much.
    I think his presence would only be an inflamatory catalyst to what is sure to be a powder keg debt ceiling discussion.
    We have enough drama pending in that arena to keep us happily distracted from the actual issue.

  6. Incidentally, Obama doesn’t have to cave on the debt ceilng and make harmful and stupid cuts to entitlement. What are the Republicans going to do…not pay government contractors etc? and who gets to decide who and who doesn’t get paid?
    They are once again trying to go for the old “hostage” scenario, but will only be shooting themselves in their own, rather loud, mouths.

  7. My favorite solution to the debt ceiling is the trillion dollar platinum coin solution. Perhaps I will convince my lazy alter ego to write on the subject tomorrow. It would be entertaining to see just how many heads in D.C. would explode if the administration were to try it.

    But – back to Barney Frank.

  8. Lol tidbits, the platinum coin is international news. I thought the German media had translated it incorrectly.

  9. Frankly, Barney, since you are so well turned out I wish would start a gentleman’s haberdashery in Boston and leave DC to other idiots. You had your time in office to screw things up, give someone else a chance.

  10. I’m sure he’s not just interested in the title Senator.

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