Why is Barney Frank breaking the rules?

Barney Frank is breaking the rule of politics that says if you want a major appointment, you should never, ever talk about it publicly.The longtime Massachusetts congressman, whose 32-year run in the House ended last week, declared on national television last Friday that he wants his state’s governor, Deval Patrick, to appoint him as an interim senator when John Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. And Frank has now followed up that announcement with a series of high-profile interviews.His pitch is sensible enough. Because the fiscal cliff deal simply deferred the debate over cuts to the social safety net and left in place several deadlines that Republicans are now claiming give them leverage, the interim senator from Massachusetts – who would serve until a special election late this spring – would be thrust into an unusually consequential debate.“I do think, immodestly, that given the important decision that will be made about these complicated questions, in February, March and April, I’m very well-qualified,” Frank told Politico in his latest interview, “because I don’t know of anybody else who’s been doing these things so continuously who’s ready to jump in.”Continue Reading…

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Why is Barney Frank breaking the rules?


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