"But let me tell you, there was one thing that sort of troubled me in the discussion about it -- nobody was particularly quoted; they attributed something to governor's office and others -- was that the governor would want to appoint someone who's either a minority or a woman. And what troubled me is the question of LGBT people was just kind of swept out. I've never asked for any appointment based on me being gay, but when they begin talk about the importance of diversity and leave us out, that troubles me."
-- Former Congressman Barney Frank lamenting that he wasn't chosen to replace John Kerry in the Senate. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick chose William Cowan, an African-American former staffer, for the seat instead, creating a new high for serving black Senators - 2.