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News Desk: Barney Frank Wants to Be Interim Senator, Asks Patrick to Appoint him to John Kerry’s Seat [Video]

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

GOV. PATRICK should do just that, appoint former Rep. Barney Frank to John Kerry’s seat until the special election, which will likely take place this coming summer.

Frank’s statement comes at around 8:45 in the video above.

There is no one who is better suited for it and deserves it more.

Mr. Frank’s appointment would also give Massachusetts a distinctive voice in Senate on matters involving the regulation of banks. Mr. Frank steered the landmark overhaul of financial institutions through the House in the last Congress and would join newly elected Senator Elizabeth Warren, a proponent of pro-consumer banking regulations, as a fellow senator. [New York Times]

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12 Responses to News Desk: Barney Frank Wants to Be Interim Senator, Asks Patrick to Appoint him to John Kerry’s Seat [Video]

  1. angels81 January 4, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    What a great idea, I would love to see Barney Frank in the senate even if its only for a short period of time. Maybe Barney should think about running for the seat, I would love to see the debate between Frank and Brown.

  2. Jane Austen January 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    ditto angels81.

  3. Solo January 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    A very good idea indeed! He was on MorningJoe today and he destroyed them!

  4. TPAZ January 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm #


  5. Ramsgate January 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Ahem! Temporary measures always have a way of taking on a life of their own. Just like the camel’s nose under the tent . . . once he gets in, he may change his mind again and he may want to stay there.

    Moreover, Barney & Bernie (Sanders) are like two peas in a pod. They talk a great game, always on television, but when its time to deliver, they cave.

    • jinbaltimore January 5, 2013 at 4:43 am #


      I don’t get what the excitement is about. Another “democrat” who supports the republican policies of his president.

      • angels81 January 5, 2013 at 9:26 am #

        Blah, blah, blah! You really seem to know very little about Barney Frank, but no surprise there.

        • jinbaltimore January 5, 2013 at 10:38 am #


  6. secularhumanizinevoluter January 5, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Barney Frank ….Frackin A!!

  7. Cujo359 January 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    OT, but it’s related to finance and I thought you’d get a kick out of it, Taylor: “Gender diversity on Obama’s economic team“. Love the punchline, too.

    As for Barney Frank, let’s hope his stay in the Senate is a short one. Dodd-Frank was just about worthless, given the magnitude of the problem, and not surprisingly so. Both Dodd and Frank received one heck of a lot of money from the financial sector over the years. That sector’s investment paid off in toothless legislation when we needed a whole lot more.

    • TPAZ January 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Dodd-Frank was/is crap because it was meant to be crap. The WH (as always) spent zero political capital to make DF better. The bankers (that were saved by BHO from mobs with pitchforks) who sat around the table negotiating the terms of DF should have been arrested each morning by the F.B.I. and charged by the DOJ. Reinstalling Glass-Steagall was the correct answer. Chris Dodd was much worse than Barney Frank as a sellout.

      • Cujo359 January 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        “Chris Dodd was much worse than Barney Frank as a sellout.”

        How are we measuring that, filibusters per fortnight? I love claims like this.

        I take a black box approach to these things – what went in, and what came out? What politicians say they did, or what they say other politicians did, seems to be mostly self-serving nonsense anyway. What went into this process was a problem, and lots of campaign money from the finance industry. What came out of it was a worthless bill. Frank was one of three people who had the most influence on how that would go. Whatever the excuses, the result was a failure, and Frank took plenty of money before and during.

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