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Retired Congressman Frank says he wants to be Kerry's short term replacement

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank said he would be interested in temporarily filling the Senate seat that Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is leaving. Kerry is resigning his Senate seat to accept the post as Secretary of State under President Obama.

Frank told MSNBC's Good Morning Joe that he wants to be Kerry's short term replacement in the Senate. Frank served for 32 years as a congressman before choosing to not seek re-election in 2012.

In order to be the interim senator, Frank would need to be appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Frank told the Boston Globe that he has asked Patrick to appoint him because he wants to stay for the fiscal cliff debate. If appointed, he would serve until a special election could be held and the voters could elect a replacement.

At the end of December there was speculation that Frank would run for Kerry's seat. As of now, only long time Democrat Congressman Ed Markey has announced that he will run for the seat.

On the Republican side many speculate that recently ousted Senator Scott Brown, who was elected in a special election after the death of Senator Edward Kennedy, will seek the seat.

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