Democratic insider undermines own party in rebuffing Frank’s offer

In his public rebuff of former Representative Barney Frank’s offer to serve as interim US senator (Political Intelligence, Metro, Jan. 6), Governor Patrick’s political adviser, Doug Rubin, undermines his own party and disrespects Frank’s career in Congress.

Rubin, speaking on his own, claims Frank’s experience would be a hindrance to his providing effective leadership in the Senate because “the experienced people are the ones creating the gridlock.” He is wrong.

Recently elected Tea Party Republicans unwilling to compromise are holding Congress hostage, and are hostage themselves to the radical constituencies that elected them to office. Rubin’s depiction of this gridlock plays into the hands of those creating it.


Perhaps Rubin has an inside candidate in mind for the job, and Frank’s public declaration of interest gets in his way. Perhaps Frank took his case to the public because he realized the deal getting done on the inside doesn’t work for the citizens of Massachusetts.

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Whatever is happening behind the scenes, Frank is the kind of savvy politician we need representing us in Washington. Appropriately immodest, he isn’t about to give up the opportunity to, as he put it, “be a help in reaching a fair solution” to the pressing issues our country faces.

Michael Zilles