Barney Frank said on Friday he would like to fill John Kerry’s seat in Massachusetts until a special election takes place later this year. Frank ended his 32-year term in the House of Representatives on Thursday and doesn’t wish to run for election.
Frank said on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” he had change his mind about staying out of politics because of the upcoming votes about taxes, spending and the debt ceiling.
Frank would be a liberal vote in the Senate. In the House he championed the overhaul of financial institutions resulting in landmark legislation, the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act. He would join newly elected Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the fight for the regulation of banks. Warren is an advocate of pro-consumer banking regulations.
Gov. Deval Patrick must name someone to fill the vacancy created by Kerry’s nomination to be Secretary of State. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, 32, grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and son of Joseph P. Kennedy II, a former Representative himself, was elected to fill Frank’s seat in the House.