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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:46 PM

Warren: Frank Would Be ‘Extraordinary’ In Interim Senate Post

Source: TPM



PEMA LEVY 4:33 PM EST, MONDAY JANUARY 7, 2013

Freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) praised ex-Rep. Barney Frank, who has asked to temporarily fill Sen. John Kerry's seat until a special election is held in June, saying he would be an "extraordinary" senator, the Boston Herald reports.

At a celebration of her own ascension to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Saturday, Warren praised Frank has "my tutor, my guide" and a "champion" of consumer protection.

“Congressman Frank understands the workings of financial markets in ways that are unmatched,” she said to reporters after the event. “If he is appointed to be a senator, I have no doubt he will be extraordinary.”

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), who was on stage with Warren at the event, has yet to appoint an interim senator.

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DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
elleng Jan 2013 #1
graham4anything Jan 2013 #2
mother earth Jan 2013 #3
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #4
Demoiselle Jan 2013 #5
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #6
Demoiselle Jan 2013 #7
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #8

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:50 PM

1. GREAT to see her speaking up on this!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:52 PM

2. With Warren's backing-It must be Barney. I don't care if Markey has insecurity problems

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:53 PM

3. Are you listening, Governor? Massachusetts wants BF for interim Senator. K & R nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:20 PM

4. That's our New Junior Senator from MA!!!

She speaks her mind!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:32 PM

5. Question for Massachusetts DU'ers...

Being a Pennsylvanian, I speak from a vast fund of ignorance in Massachusetts politics..and from what I know of him, Ed Markey is a splendid guy....but Barney Frank seems like such an obvious high profile choice for this appointment that I'm left wondering if there's some sort internecine battle going on up there among Massachusetts Dems. (And I'd like to thank DU for giving me an opportunity to use the word "internecine.")

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Response to Demoiselle (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:16 PM

6. Gov Patrick has said that he will NOT appoint anyone as the interim senator that ...


... that will be running in the special election.

Markey is going to run in the special election, so Patrick will not have Markey on his short list for the temporary appointment.

Markey will only have a couple of months to raise money and to campaign for the democratic primary and special election, he will need all the time that he can find to do that - so he really wouldn't have time to focus on senate business even if he were to be temporarily appointed.

Barney Frank does not want to run in the special election and has volunteered to be the interim senator for the few months that the seat needs to be filled before the special election is held because of all the financial issues/spending cuts that will be debated in the senate in the next few months.



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:22 PM

7. Wow! I sure got the wrong impression from the news tidbits. Thanks!

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Response to Demoiselle (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:32 PM

8. "Internecine" may be close...

from recent reporting on the mishegas of our Governor and the interim appointment:

"(Frank) is egotistical. He’s irascible. He would love to do this and make other members of the delegation squirm — especially U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, Kerry’s aspiring replacement. Frank blames Markey for a redistricting formula that gave Frank a supposedly tougher district to win, and allegedly led to his decision to retire. Taking the spotlight from Markey — or from other would-be senators such as U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano or Steve Lynch — would bring a sly smile to Frank’s often cranky visage."

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/01/04/barney-frank-should-interim-senator/zMD3qnyF38XDnfjJ0a5QPO/story.html

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