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Mass. Gov. pressed to name Frank to Kerry seat

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By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- Liberal groups have launched twin online petitions aimed at pressuring Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to temporarily name former Congressman Barney Frank to Sen. John Kerry's seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which helped raise money for Democrat Elizabeth Warren during her successful Senate campaign, has launched a new website and online petition.

The petition points to potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and says "we can't afford to have our other senator be lukewarm."

The website SignOn.org, affiliated with the liberal MoveOn.org, has posted a similar petition saying "we can't think of anyone who would do a better job over the next few months than Barney Frank."

Patrick must appoint someone to fill Kerry's seat until a special election is held if Kerry's nomination is confirmed.

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