August 27th, 2009
09:11 AM ET
6 years ago

Patrick supports Kennedy's wish for interim senator

Patrick supports appointing an interim senator.
Patrick supports appointing an interim senator.

(CNN) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, told CNN Tuesday he supports the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's wish to appoint an interim senator to serve during the five months before a special election is slated to be held.

Calling the proposal "eminently reasonable," Patrick told CNN's Larry King. "Massachusetts needs two voices in the United States Senate, especially at a time of momentous change like this."

Under current Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days - about five months - after a Senate seat becomes vacant. The winner of that election serves the remainder of a senator's unexpired term.

Last week, Kennedy - who died Tuesday at age 77 after serving nearly five decades in the Senate - urged that the law be changed to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement until the special election can be held.

Patrick also said he has no interest in running for the post itself.

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. tate

    Dirty politics by Kennedy even after he is gone. He got his little lap dog that want get relelected trying to screw over the voters of Mass. again.

    August 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Matt, Worcester, MA

    Of course this hypocrite believes changing the law would be "eminently reasonable." I'm sure it's also "eminently" plausible to believe that MA Dems. would wish to change the law back and forth depending on whomever was Governor.

    August 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Just My Opinion in Texas

    Unless I am mistaken, the law in effect at the time of the Senator's passing is the one that HAS to be followed. The ONLY caveat to that would be if there was some EXTREME reason why a special election could NOT go forward. (Natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.)

    Um ... any legal eagles in Mass. care to comment??

    August 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. jrzshor


    by all means change the law to help yourself. it's the only way to do business.

    August 27, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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