Barney Frank on Senate: 'Coach, Put Me In!'

Former congressman admits he'd like John Kerry's seat

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2013 10:32 AM CST

(Newser) – Barney Frank wants to temporarily fill John Kerry's probably-soon-to-be-empty Senate seat, and he's not making a secret of it. "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," the retired congressman told Morning Joe today. "Coach, put me in!" Just weeks earlier, Frank had said he was happily retired and not interested—"it was kind of like you're about to graduate and they said, 'You gotta go to summer school,'" he quipped today.

But now he's changed his mind, because the three months he'd have the job for would be "among the most important months in American financial [history]." Frank tells the Boston Globe that he's eager to wrap up the fiscal cliff mess, and thinks he can work with moderate Republicans to reform Social Security and Medicare in a progressive way. So will Deval Patrick pick him? Well, when Frank expressed interest, "he said, 'Thank you for telling me.' As you expect, he was noncommittal." Frank says he's still not interested in running to fill Kerry's seat permanently.

Barney Frank is seen during an interview in this file photo.
Barney Frank is seen during an interview in this file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Barney Frank talks on Capitol Hill, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the start of the 113th Congress.
Barney Frank talks on Capitol Hill, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the start of the 113th Congress.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Barney Frank is seen during an interview in this file photo.
Barney Frank is seen during an interview in this file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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