Barney Frank Eyes Return to Senate
Retired Senator Barney Frank has decided he doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines of American history during the upcoming debates and decisions that will continue to keep America from falling further down the dreaded “fiscal cliff.”
Although Frank recently retired from the House of Representatives, he is now making noise that he would like to be appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to finish out Senator John Kerry’s term should Kerry leave the Senate in order to become the next Secretary of State.
“A few weeks ago, 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,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Yes, in fact, I’m not going to be coy, it’s not anything I’ve ever been good at. I’ve told the governor that I would now like, frankly, to be a part of that. It’s only a three-month period, I wouldn’t want to do anything more, but to be honest, it’s a little arrogant.”
Said Frank, “Coach, put me in.”
This would mean that Frank would serve in the Senate with full voting rights for a few months at least until a special election is held so that voters can choose who they officialy want to replace Kerry’s vacant Senate seat. In the House of Representatives, Frank served his constiuents for over 30 years and he was one of the first openly gay men to serve in the U.S. Congress.