Now that Senator John Kerry is moving on to fill Hillary Clinton’s secretary of state position there will be a vacancy until a special election can be held. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will chose an interim replacement to fill the seat until a new candidate is elected. Naturally, Barney Frank says he’d be happy to fill in so he can be part of the debt ceiling debate. Great, just when we thought we were rid of this menace.
Frank, who just retired from Congress, said Friday that he had asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for the appointment, which would put the outspoken Democrat in the Senate while Kerry seeks confirmation as secretary of State.
Frank said he wanted the appointment so that he could serve during looming negotiations on the debt ceiling and sequester.
“I’m not going to be coy — it’s not [something] I’ve ever been good at — I told the governor I would now like, frankly, to do that, because I would like to be part of that,” Frank told MSNBC. “It would only be a three-month period; I wouldn’t want to do anything more; I wouldn’t run again.” ….
“That deal now means February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history,” Frank said.
He also said he didn’t expect the appointment request, if granted, to significantly change his legacy.
“Thirty-two years in the House, three months in the Senate — I’m still a House man,” Frank said. (Read More)
Frank’s legacy should be his complicity in the 2008 financial meltdown.