Barney Frank publicly asked the Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick for the Senate seat held by John Kerry. (Kerry, of course, is stepping down to run the State Department.) But today it appears that Frank has been passed over.

CBS Boston is reporting that "Gov. Patrick announces Mo Cowan as interim Mass. Senator."

Cowan is Patrick's former chief of staff.

The official announcement is expected later today, at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts.

"I’ve told the governor I would now like, frankly, to" be senator, Frank admitted earlier this month on MSNBC:

By choosing Cowan, Patrick is passing over Barney Frank for the job.

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