Barney Frank Wants to Be a Senator

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Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Massachussetts Representative Barney Frank bangs his gavel during a hearing on the Lehman Brothers collapse with US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Ben Bernanke and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Schapiro on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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On his first day officially retired from Congress, where he's served since 1981, Barney Frank told the esteemed knuckleheads of Morning Joe that he'd like to mount a temporary comeback as an interim senator, replacing John Kerry in Massachusetts. "I've told the governor I would now like, frankly, to do that," said the ever-forthcoming Frank. "A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn't interested," he explained. "It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: 'You gotta go to summer school.' But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March, and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history."

The timing could also allow Frank — if he wanted to be a real rabble-rouser — to take a stand against Chuck Hagel, whom he "strongly opposes" as Defense secretary.

Frank insisted that he would not run to fill the seat on a more permanent basis in the forthcoming special election and that he'd prefer to be remembered as a man of the House anyway. "I would rather be a congressman," he said. "Thirty-two years in the house, three months in the Senate, I'm a House member." Like when Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards.