Barney Frank asks for John Kerry’s Senate seat

Newly retired Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) is not ready to quit yet. Frank said that he has told Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick that wants to be appointed as a caretaker senator for the seat currently held by John Kerry during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Kerry will move to the State Department as the next secretary, pending his confirmation by the Senate.

Frank, 72, was the former top ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee and says he could use his expertise on the Senate’s upcoming fiscal issues.

“A few weeks ago I said, I said I wasn’t interested. It was kind of like, you’re about to graduate and they said, you’ve got to go to summer school. But that [fiscal cliff] deal now means that February, March, and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history.”

Frank noted that it’s only a three-month period and that he wouldn’t want to do anything more or wouldn’t want to run again.

“Coach, put me in,” he said.

See Frank’s comments regarding the Senate seat toward the end of this video:


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