Barney Frank, who was looking forward to retirement after serving 32 years in the House of Representatives, has decided he wants an encore performance: 3 months in the Senate. John Kerry will be nominated for Secretary of State, and all signs point to an easy confirmation. That will set up a special election for his senate seat, but in the meantime, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will appoint an interim senator and Barney Frank has decided he wants the job. Frank told MSNBC's Morning Joe:
A few weeks ago, 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.
Finance is Barney Frank's specialty. The financial overhaul bill of Obama's first term bears his name (Dodd/Frank). Still, one can't help but wonder if Barney Frank is feeling a little separation anxiety. Retirement isn't always easy, and Frank may be looking for a nightcap of three months of contentious financial negotiations in the Senate to provide a cool down period. Isn't that everyone's idea of how to relax?
Barney Frank has said he has no interest in running for the Senate seat in the special election. I believe him, but that is what he said about holding office in general only a few weeks ago...