Barney Frank backed out of Senate

A day after retiring as a 16-term lower house representative, former Democratic Representative Barney Frank announced his intention of being appointed as interim Senator of Massachusetts once Senator John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State.

In an interview at Morning Joe, Frank let out that he had discussed the issue with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He said: “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.”

When asked about the appointment, Gov. Patrick stated that he is considering Frank for the position that Senator Kerry will vacate but he hasn’t made up his mind yet and has talked to other possible candidates.

However, just recently former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank put an end to talks about his possible appointment as Massachusetts’ interim U.S. senator and instead proclaimed his backing of Democratic Rep. Ed Markey.

During his interview with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”, Frank endorsed Ed Markey as interim Senator. He also made the same statement at WBUR when he said about Markey: “He was a leader in gun control when we were in the legislature together in the 1970s,” and added “He has since that time been a very important leader, one of the national leaders, on the whole question of climate change.”

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