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Ex-Rep. Barney Frank on John Kerry's Senate seat: Put me in, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

BY STEVE PEOPLES, ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON -- Newly retired Rep. Barney Frank revealed on Friday that he would like to serve as a temporary successor to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the secretary of state nominee.

Frank told The Associated Press that he asked Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him to serve as the state's interim senator until a special election is held to fill Kerry's seat.

Patrick confirmed Friday that he was considering Frank and believed he would make a "great interim senator," but added that he had talked to other people about the position as well.

"I'm very well suited to do it," Frank said. "You're not going to have a long period to get acquainted with things."

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