The Globe’s Glen Johnson has heard of some tension between Markey and Frank …
A former colleague, Representative Edward J. Markey, was rankled by the prospect, friends say, in part because of the inevitable poll that would gauge Frank’s popularity as senator. A high approval rating for Frank could overshadow Markey’s candidacy in the special election campaign that would be needed to fill the seat permanently.
In a statement today, Markey disputed feeling any discomfort over a Frank appointment, labeling the suggestion “completely false.”
… Frank, a Newton Democrat, declared again Friday that he would “absolutely not” be a candidate in the special election, even if Patrick awarded him the job on an interim basis. But he also was similarly Shermanesque about his desire to leave Congress, an opinion he has since changed.
Well … these cats have been in DC together for a long time. If there were no tension whatsoever I’d be shocked. And this is Mr. Cuddles himself Barney Frank we’re talking about.
Johnson raises the idea that — contrary to Frank’s indications — Frank would use his appointment to run for the seat himself. That would be lame. As I’ve said, this is Ed Markey’s moment in history. He’s the guy we need long term, for the remainder of Kerry’s term and for at least another.
I doubt Frank would go back on his word. And I doubt that there would be much support in the party for him continuing on, even if he did.