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Opinion | JOAN VENNOCHI

Barney Frank should be interim senator

The never-humble Barney Frank is right. Governor Deval Patrick should appoint him to the interim Senate seat that must be filled if Senator John Kerry resigns to serve as secretary of state. As immodest as it is for Frank to suggest, it’s hard to imagine a better choice.

Choosing Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Ted Kennedy, is about sentiment and respect for her husband’s long career in the Senate. Choosing outgoing Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez is an act of pure, feel-good symbolism — make that feel-good symbolism for Gonzalez and his boss, Governor Deval Patrick, not feel-good symbolism for most Massachusetts citizens.

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