Barney Frank seeks interim senator post

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Former Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank said Friday that he would like Gov. Deval L. Patrick, a Democrat, to appoint him to the U.S. Senate on an interim basis if Democratic Sen. John 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 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.

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