BOSTON (Official Wire) — Newly retired Rep. Barney Frank revealed on Friday that he would like to serve as a temporary successor to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the secretary of state nominee.
Frank told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he had asked Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him to serve as the state’s interim senator until a special election is held to fill Kerry’s seat.
“Coach, put me in,” Frank said Friday, one day after his 32-year career in the House ended.
A spokeswoman for Patrick said the governor had no immediate comment.
Under state law, the Democratic governor will be required to fill the seat with an interim appointment if the Senate confirms Kerry as secretary of state. The special election would then be scheduled between 145 days and 160 days — about five months — after Kerry’s departure.