Barney Frank Wants Senate Appointment: “Coach, Put Me In”

barney frankFormer Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA.), who stepped down from the House of Representatives just last Thursday after more than 30 years, says he’d like to be appointed to the interim Senate seat that will open up if and when  Sen. John Kerry (D-MA.) is confirmed as Secretary of State.

“A few weeks ago said, 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 revealed 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.”

Frank, 72, knows from fixing money messes: He was formerly chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and sponsored the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.


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  • Charli Girl


  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    @Charli Girl:

    Yeah, well, did you think so highly of Barney when he sponsored DADT (1993)??? Yep, before he led repealing DADT (2011), Frank worked for it and VOTED FOR DADT.

    And how about marriage equality? Long before Barney was for marriage equality, he was against it.

    He’s a smuck and a half. Of course, that is, slightly, better than being a double smuck like most Repugnantans.

  • Joel J

    @The Real Mike in Asheville: When DADT was made law in 1993, it was considered to be an improvement over existing DOD policy. It was intended to put an end to witch hunts and separations, but in practice it did no such thing.

    Is a double smuck worse than a smuckey smuck? We’ll have to ask Lewis Black about that one.

  • DB

    Yes, that would be awesome. Please Governor Patrick, do what is best for the commonwealth and give Massachusetts the best possible Senator. Barney Frank is one of the great civil rights heroes and an expert in economic and financial issues. Massachusetts with both Warren and Frank as Senators would truly continue to be a city on a hill and a beacon of light for the nation.

  • erasure25

    @The Real Mike in Asheville: While DADT is also a stain on Bill Clinton’s record, you also have to judge history in its historical context. I agree with the other post that said DADT was to (theoretically) put an end to the gay witch hunts in the military.

  • balehead

    Still a great choice..compared to the republicans you know..

  • Joel J

    @erasure25: In the campaign of 1992, Bill Clinton pledged to sign an executive order ending discrimination against gays and lesbians in the service if elected. After his inauguration, his pledge ran into a firestorm of opposition from within the DOD and the Congress. DADT was the Joint Chiefs’compromise fallback position Clinton was forced to accept. My, how times have changed.

  • paladin27

    Ugh seriously? LOL This creep is part of the reason why we had the crisis back in 08. Throughout the 90’s he and politicians like Frank Dodd, pushed backs into giving out loans to everyone and their mama, because they felt “owning a home was a right”. While the banks initially knew they shouldn’t be doing this, they went along with it willingly because it was money for them too. Then we had a bunch of irresponsible twits buying homes they had no business buying, because they didn’t have the job to sustain that home, and so many lost their homes, which began to hurt. I remember Barny Frank when asked of the situation, which was showing signs of failure- he said “everything was fine”. Bush too is to blame, as he also did nothing to fight against what people like him were doing.

    The country sucks, and is on the wrong track- because American voters suck, and are highly ill-informed. People are more concerned with being loyal to political parties, instead of what is best for the country’s future. You think this man gives a shit about anyone? Hell no he doesn’t, he only cares about himself. I don’t think ALL politicians in both parties are bad, there are good ones… Unfortunately they get drowned out by the idiots (Barny Frank being one), and tuned out by idiot voters as well.

    Its just really sad an embarrassing this country is. When things fall apart, people will panic, and point their fingers at everyone else, and believe the lies of politicians who will also point their fingers at others, all except for themselves. Its the voters of these people who are to blame for the ruination of this nation. I except politicians like him to do as they do, because again- they only care for themselves. Its sad that the American people are so very un-serious, and ill-informed.

    I hate the Democrats, and I hate Republicans. I hate modern Liberals, and I hate modern Conservatives. None of these people have the country’s best interest in mind, only themselves, and their silly little ideologies.

  • paladin27

    @balehead: @balehead:

    That type of thinking is part of the problem. “He’s better than the Republicans”. No he isn’t, he’s just as bad as any bad Republican politician. I’d take a Republican any day over his silly ass, who was more in line with original Republican philosophy, which was based on classic Liberalism- which ultimately was the idea of the experiment known as America “Can man rule himself?”- and broke the link with the silly ass Christian coalition- as the whole religious crap, and social conservative crap- was NEVER apart of the Republican party, or classic conservatism.

  • jeff1370

    @paladin27: The way you drone on….someone protests too much…….

  • jeff1370

    @paladin27: Why show in print that you’re a big idiot? Isn’t it better to not say anything?

  • Joel J

    @jeff1370: He sounds like a Libertarian to me.

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