The Hill Reports: Outgoing [Jewish] Rep. Barney Frank has asked to be appointed as an interim senator to replace Sen. John Kerry. Frank, who just retired from Congress, said Friday he had asked Massachusettes Gov. Deval Patrick for the appointement, 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.”
Kerry was recently tapped to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, and his nomination is widely expected to earn confirmation from the Senate. Patrick would appoint a temporary replacement until a special election could be held later in the year.