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January 5, 2013

Ex-Rep. Barney Frank on Senate seat: Put me in, governor

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If nominated, Frank listed other priorities as cutting military spending, ending military operations in Afghanistan and encouraging “mainstream Republicans to break with the tea party.”

Patrick has made clear that he planned to choose an interim senator who was not interested in running in the special election. The winner of that race would serve out the remainder of Kerry’s term, which ends after the 2014 election.

The governor said he spoke to Frank on Thursday. He called Frank a “gifted legislator” who was among the possible appointees.

“I think he would be a great interim senator and, like I say, he’s on the list,” Patrick said.

Frank said he had no interest in running in the special election.

“I would not under any circumstances. I have no desire to raise money or run,” he told the AP.

Michael Dukakis, the former governor and the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, and Victoria Kennedy, widow of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, have been among other names mentioned as possible interim senators. Patrick said he would keep any other conversations he had with potential appointees confidential, but commented on Frank because the former congressman had gone public with his interest.

Longtime U.S. Rep. Edward Markey has said he plans to run in the special election and several other Democrats have said they are considering becoming candidates if Kerry is confirmed.

“I’m very happy with Ed Markey as the nominee,” Frank said.

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his re-election bid to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is also weighing another run.

Associated Press writer Bob Salsberg in Boston contributed to this report.

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