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January 11, 2013

Patrick ruminates on potential U.S. Senate candidates


Patrick again cautioned “we don’t yet have a vacancy,” though Kerry is expected to be confirmed by the Senate as the next secretary of state, which would set in motion an interim appointment and a special election 145 to 160 days after Kerry leaves.

Frank, who decided not to run in 2012 after his district lines were shifted, said on MSNBC last week that looming fiscal debates convinced him to tell Patrick he was interested in the interim appointment.

Patrick has said that and other conversations about the appointment were intended to be confidential, which Frank later told the governor he did not realize.

Frank has recently backtracked from criticism of Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator who President Barack Obama nominated as secretary of defense.

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