MSNBC Host Says He Wants to Become U.S. Senator

Jan 10, 2013  •  Post A Comment

The host of an MSNBC opinion show said Tuesday he wants to be appointed as the interim senator for Massachusetts, reports The Huffington Post.

Lawrence O’Donnell, who hosts the nightly program “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” requested the appointment on his show.

The state will hold a special election once John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State, but in the meantime the governor must appoint an interim senator, the story says.

“I cannot believe it has come to this, that I have to float my own name to get in this mix for this Senate appointment,” O’Donnell said on his show, according to TVNewser.com. “You know how embarrassing this is?”

“During a cable news appearance, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank revealed that he would like Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim senator,” The Huffington Post reports. “So O’Donnell floated his own name as a possible contender on ‘The Last Word.’ The interim senator will likely be involved with Congress’ upcoming negotiation on the debt ceiling. O’Donnell was previously the Senate Finance Committee’s chief of staff, and touted his past experience.”

O’Donnell offered a deal to Frank, the piece notes, saying: "If I can become a temporary senator, maybe he can become a temporary host of a 10 p.m. program on MSNBC.”

O’Donnell goes into the complex scenario behind the move in this clip from his show:

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