Barney Frank wants temporary Senate appointment

January 4, 2013

Former Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank said Friday morning that he would like Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to offer him a temporary appointment to the Senate to to fill Democratic Sen. John Kerry's seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. 

"I've told the governor, that I would now like, frankly, to do that," Frank said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

The longtime Democratic congressman, who opted to retire at the end of the 112th Congress after serving in the House since 1981, said the recently struck deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" makes the next few months a crucial economic period in which he wants to be involved. 

"That deal now means that February, March, and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial/economic history," said Frank, the former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. 

Patrick will appoint a replacement for Kerry if he is confirmed as secretary of state. A special election will follow to decide who will serve the remainder of Kerry's current term. The governor has said he does not expect to appoint a replacement who would run in the special election. Frank made clear on Friday that he's not interested in running in the special. 

Frank also said he intends to write books, do some lectures and teaching, and provide television commentary in his post-congressional life. "Basically run my mouth for money," he quipped. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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