• Barney Frank discusses special election, life after politics


    DARTMOUTH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Former Congressman Barney Frank joined the FOX 25 News to discuss his new projects, the special election for U.S. Senate, and what he'll miss most about his time in Congress.

    Frank visited UMass Dartmouth Tuesday as he released papers he has written about everything from the Clinton impeachment to financial reform to the university.

    "The people of Southeastern Massachusetts for 30 years have been such an important part of my life. They've not just been voters, but they've been friends, they've been people I've learned from, they've been people with whom I've worked with together on common problems," says the longtime congressman.

    Frank says he saw donating his papers to the school as a way of highlighting both the university and the diverse culture of the southern part of the state.

    "It seemed to me by donating my papers I could help the university, maybe help it attract some scholars and quite frankly help a region that I care about very deeply," Frank explained.

    FOX 25's Maria Stephanos asked if this means Frank, who served more than three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, would serve again.

    "As far as holding office or trying to either as a candidate or an appointed official, no, I'm beyond the point where I have frankly the emotional and intellectual energy to do that on a full-time basis," Frank responded.

    Frank says he misses some of his friends and seeing issues that he felt needed to be worked on, but that he is worn out.

    Stephanos also asked the former congressman who he would like to see win the special election for U.S. Senate. Frank confidently responded, "Ed Markey."

    "I've been working with Ed Markey for a long time on every important issue bringing down the excessive American military budget," said Frank.

    Frank says Rep. Stephen Lynch voted for a higher level of military spending than he feels is useful, but that he'd vote for the Democratic congressman if he were to win the primary. He also says of his two former colleagues, he agrees more with Markey on environmental issues and the healthcare bill.

    Stephanos asked Frank if he approved of Gov. Deval Patrick's appointment of Mo Cowan to the interim senator position that he had asked to receive. The 73-year-old expressed his disapproval of the question that he thought had an obvious answer.

    "Obviously since I thought it was important to be there to fight for reductions in the military and to protect social security and Medicare, I would not be in favor of appointing someone else who would be less committed than I have been to those issues," Frank emphatically responded.

    Frank discussed his various post-politics projects, including a book and his hopes of being a commentator for a television station.

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