Is Barney Frank Eyeing John Kerry’s Senate Seat?


OK, I admit that the title of the article could be a pun to some, but it’s serious business apparently for retired Democrat Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. As Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to succeed current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Frank appeared on Morning Joe on Friday and said that he was genuinely interested in filling the spot as Massachusetts’ interim Senator, until a special election is convened that will fill Kerry’s seat which will probably take place sometime next summer.

“Would you consider possibly being future Sen. Barney Frank if [Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick] calls you and says “Fill in for a couple of months?,” Joe Scarborough asked Frank on Friday.

“Two weeks ago I said I wasn’t interested, which is kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said ‘You have to go to summer school,’” Frank said. “That deal now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial [history].”

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“So you’d consider it?,” Scarborough continued.

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Frank replied, “I’m not going to be coy. It’s not something I’ve ever been good at. I’ve told the governor that I would now like frankly to do that because I would like to be a part of that. It’s only a three-month period; I wouldn’t want to do anything more. I don’t want to run again…Coach, put me in!”

Frank just finished a 32-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. John H. Cushman, Jr. writes, “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.”

Do we really need someone like Barney Frank having any say in the United States Senate, much less having anything to do with regulating banks. I think he has demonstrated over his 32 year career his inability to be efficient or effective at anything he has put his hands too.

Kerry’s ascent to the Secretary of State has been met with resistance until Clinton testifies about Benghazi.

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