Broadside: Frank bids for Kerry's interim seat

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January 4, 2013, 4:13 pm
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(NECN) - For months, Barney Frank had ruled himself out as an appointee to the interim Senate appointment expected once Senator John Kerry moves up to Secretary of State.

On Friday, that all changed on MSNBC's Morning Joe, when Frank said he would like to the interim senator.

Also on Friday, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick had some major cabinet appointments to announce - but the first question from reporters was about Barney Frank: Would the Governor have preferred that Frank keep quiet about his interest in the Kerry interim seat?

"Does it matter in the case Congressman Frank what I would have preferred? I mean if Congressman Frank is an incredible public leader, thought leader and legislator. We had a conversation, I think it was just yesterday, I think I've told you before in every case I have treated those conversations as confidential and I think in every case the other person has treated them as confidential. In Congressman Frank's case, he has chosen not to on his end, I'm going to keep my end," Gov. Patrick said.

Democratic state Sen. Brian Joyce and Republican state Sen. Bruce Tarr join Broadside to talk about Frank's announcement on Morning Joe.

Joyce and Tarr also discuss the fallout in Washington from the fiscal cliff and the debuts of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Watch the attached video for the complete discussion.

Tags: Jim Braude, Deval Patrick, Bruce Tarr, Barney Frank, Brian Joyce, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy III, interim Senate appointment, fiscal cliff deal fallout
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