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This will be a brief diary.  The Huffington Post reports that groups like Move On and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee(PCCC) have started petitions and webpages to urge Deval Patrick to appoint Barney Frank as the interim Senator to replace John Kerry.

As a Massachusetts Democrat, and as a active voter, I approve of Frank being my Senator for five months.   Frank served honorably in Congress, and he would be a strong voice for the voiceless in the coming months.

The Huffington Post article has some details on why Frank is a great pick:

On Wednesday, the PCCC launched a website,, promoting its own petition. The organization is also mobilizing its 25,000 members in Massachusetts with an email announcing the petition.

Both groups offer Frank's staunch defense of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as the main reason for their support.

On a more personal note, since I watched the Last Word last night and saw Lawrence O'Donnell's Rewrite, I extend a mea culpa for not even considering O'Donnell as a potential choice for the position.  O'Donnell himself pointed out that he worked under the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York and thus would certainly have the requesite Senate knowledge on Day 1 and he certainly has key experience as far as knowing the ins and out of the Senate Finance Committee.   O'Donnell is of course originally from Boston, but now lives in Los Angeles(that is what he said last night) so I don't know if O'Donnell would be tripped up by the residency requirements.  

It is sort of fun thinking of hypothetical posts for the MSNBC crew.   Somehow I think that O'Donnell wouldn't give up his show for five months(although seeing Barney Frank fill his shoes would be fun to imagine) and so O'Donnell's bid for an appointment is likely moot.  


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  •  Glad to see Barney Frank get a lot of love. (3+ / 0-)
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    immigradvocate, sobermom, JBraden

    Would be thrilled to have him as my Senator.   (I wouldn't mind O'Donnell either).

    Washington and Colorado said that you've got to legalize it. Hope the DOJ respects that.

    by pistolSO on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 03:21:50 PM PST

    •  Barney will help Ed Markey win the election too. (1+ / 0-)
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      Especially against Scott Brown in the general election.
      Two great Congressmen that would hit the ground running when they get to the Senate..

      •  I get the impression that Markey does not want (1+ / 0-)
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        Frank to be the interim Senator. Markey should be able to tell Deval that X interim is who he wants. Deval should appointment the person Markey wants.

        How would Frank help Markey win?

        Stephen Lynch, my former Rep., was redistricted. Markey is my new Rep.

        Lynch is a blue dog that wants to run. He needs to be told that he should not run. I hope the next election will have a strong opponent running.

        2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Steamroll.

        by CuriousBoston on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:52:11 PM PST

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        •  No Lynch, No Meehan (2+ / 0-)
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          CuriousBoston, immigradvocate

          I'm in total agreement with that.  I am from Massachusetts also.  I don't think it is up to Markey, who I really like, to say who gets to be interim and who doesn't.  

          For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die--Ted Kennedy

          by sobermom on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:14:40 PM PST

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  •  I want Barney Frank (0+ / 0-)

    He and Warren would be the dream team.  I don't think O'Donnell still has a home in MA.  But you know who does?  Rachel Maddow.  Wouldn't that be fun.  But I'd still rather have Barney for interim rather than Rachel.

    For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die--Ted Kennedy

    by sobermom on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:16:39 PM PST

  •  I missed something important. what happened (0+ / 0-)

    to Kerry?

  •  O'Donnell (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't going to pursue this.  He knows he doesn't stand a chance because he's not currently a resident of Ma and also knows that Barney Frank is the best choice for Duval Patrick and Ma.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:20:34 PM PST

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