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Barney Frank says he’s interested in being interim senator to replace John Kerry

Retiring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. talks Thursday on Capitol Hill prior to the start of the 113th Congress. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Former Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank said Friday that he would like Gov. Deval L. Patrick (D) to appoint him to the U.S. Senate on an interim basis if Sen. John F. Kerry (D) 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 recently retired congressman said legislators’ “fiscal cliff” deal makes the next few months a crucial economic period in which he wants to be involved.

Patrick will appoint a replacement for Kerry if he is confirmed, and a special election will decide who will serve the rest of his term. Frank said he’s not interested in running in the special election.

Patrick responded by saying Frank would “be a great senator,” according to the Boston Globe but added that he hasn’t made up his mind. “I have a lot of factors I’m considering, and he’s definitely on the list,” Patrick said.

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


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