Barney Frank On Kerry’s Senate Seat: ‘Coach, Put Me In!’
Barney Frank may have learned all about retirement from Jay-Z because, in the same week the former congressman called time on a three-decades long career in the House, he stated a desire to get right back into politics — in John Kerry’s old seat.
Barney Frank disclosed his Senate ambitions this morning during a chat with Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe when the host asked him directly how he would respond if Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick asked him to step back in and grab the baton after Kerry bounces.
In response to Scarborough’s question, Barney Frank addressed the Senate issue, admitting he had changed his mind:
“Two weeks ago I said I wasn’t interested, which is kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said ‘You have to go to summer school.’ … That deal now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial [history].”
Scarborough asked if the answer meant Frank was considering the move to which the outspoken Dem replied:
“I’m not going to be coy. It’s not something I’ve ever been good at. I’ve told the governor that I would now like frankly to do that because I would like to be a part of that. It’s only a three-month period; I wouldn’t want to do anything more. I don’t want to run again … Coach, put me in!”
In addition to hoping to pinch hit for the Dems in the Senate, Barney Frank said he expects in retirement to write some books and “run my mouth for money” when he’s officially out of the game.