Barney Frank Snaps Back at Duval Aide Who Criticized His Senate Bid

Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 02:48 PM

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Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., begs to differ with a top political aide of Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on whether Frank would be the best choice to replace Sen. John Kerry on an interim basis, assuming Kerry resigns to take over as secretary of State.

Frank, who just retired from the House after 32 years, revealed to the Boston Globe last week that he had asked Patrick for the position. The governor is responsible for choosing an interim senator for up to five months, when an election for a permanent replacement must be held.

Patrick’s top political adviser Doug Rubin wrote on Twitter Saturday that there are “better options” than Frank for the job.

Rubin, also a top political adviser to rookie Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, doubled down on his remarks in an interview with the Globe Saturday.

“The theory that we have to send experienced people to Washington to break the gridlock — the experienced people are the ones creating the gridlock,” he said.

“If we get beyond the traditional names, there are a lot of smart, talented individuals from Massachusetts who could bring some fresh ideas and energy to Washington, and that’s what we sorely need.”

Frank’s response to the Globe: “I disagree with him.”

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