September 25th, 2009
01:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Kirk arrives on Capitol Hill

(CNN) – Soon to be Massachusetts Sen. Paul Kirk arrived on Capitol Hill Friday to cheers from staffers and friends of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

As he entered Kennedy's office, an emotional Kirk told CNN it was "exciting and sobering" to take the place of his longtime friend in the Senate.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Kirk to the post Thursday. He will serve in the Senate until a special election is held in January to fill the seat.

Kirk is will be sworn in later Friday.


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Yes, but WHAT, pray tell, was the "Emergency"???????

    September 25, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Bubble of Sanity

    This is as ridiculous as the Burriss and Franken appointments. The Senate has no integrity left.

    September 25, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Ron

    That makes me feel real good to know that this guy is going decide the future for me and my kids. What a joke Massachusetts is, they don't even get to elect who they want to represent them. I guess democracy is dead in that state.

    September 25, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Ho hum, another liberal democrat recruited to shove health care and all of the obama lies down our throats.

    September 25, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Idiot_Pelosi

    Which Kennedy Puppet-Master is controlling his strings?

    September 25, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. www.dccc.org

    This is great news!

    Senator Kirk's vote will honor the great tradition of Ted Kennedy and will help Democrats in the Senate produce REAL health care reform.

    Until now, Senate Democrats haven't been doing as well as their colleagues in the House at acting like Democrats, who work for the best interests of the people rather than for special interests as protectors of corporate profits.

    I made a contribution to the Democratic Congressional Compaign Committee to help with the efforts to fix our broken health care system.

    If the insurance companies win, YOU LOSE.

    September 25, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. JP

    Emergency has been declared by the governor, and Paul Kirk is here to take stock of the situation.

    September 25, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. AzJake

    Give 'em hell Senator Kirk. We honor your commitment to Senator Kennedy, and need your voice.

    September 25, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Frank

    Great news!! Now they can push thru the Healthcare bill. Screw the Republicans.

    September 25, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Helen, NY

    Who cares for these left-wing radicals.

    September 25, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Too bad there couldn't have been a senator elected by the people, instead of more "rule by the wealthy and powerful".

    Anyone who really thinks this country is a democracy, needs to re-think that.

    September 25, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Jenn, Philadelphia

    You can seat him next to Burris and Franken. Then you'll have the trifecta of politically appointed (or in Franken's case stolen) hacks.

    September 25, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Rick

    Good job Mass, you just showed the nation how ignorant and corrupt your political system is. Whats the point of enacting laws if they can be changed at the drop of a hat. Your leadership should all be impeached. This is a true embarassment.

    September 25, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Steven

    What the heck is everyone so upset about??????? Elections don't count for much anymore. If big money corporatists can't win them, they get their candidates selected by the courts( remember 2000, the supreme court ordered the state of Florida to stop counting votes and appointed Bush as president) or they just use third world tactics( Ohio, 2004) and flat out steal the election. The time to BAN the money that has corrupted our representatives is long past due. Corporations are not people and $$$$$$$$$ is not free speech.

    September 25, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Reasonable Observer

    In 2004, it was a bad idea for a Mass. gov. to appoint a replacement Senator for an exiting one. Now, it seems to be a good idea. I am SURE it has nothing to do with politics, but has only to do with what is best for the people of Mass.

    September 25, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    Add another corrupt, shameless democrat to the roll.

    September 25, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Wake Up

    Another political sham. Emergency? Laws are for when either party is running the country...they shouldn't be changed.
    Is it 2010 yet, to get rid of Harry Reid and many other worthless party hacks who just want to control us?

    September 25, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Voted4HealthCare

    Congratulations, Senator Kirk. Please honor the great Senator Kennedy by passing compassionate health-care reforms with a public option for the American people.

    September 25, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Dan of Mass

    Oh, this is good -Ted changes the law back in 2004 and the Mass. Dems prevent a small change suggested by the Republicans. that would allow the gov to appoint someone in the interm time between the appointment and the special election. Nope, don't want the Republican gov to do that! Now fast forward – Ted's dead and he reaches out from the grave and tells the now Dem gov that he wants him to change the law again to fill his need and the dam dems need to control everything and change the law that he had submitted to prevent the sitting gov from filling the seat until an election by the people. Not only is a dead man screwing this state but "a light from high is shining down and sticking his hand up the ass of the gov and moving his lips and controling his mind, yes sir the big O" Get me out of this dam state I am surrounded by commies and idiots! The "emergency" is that the people will have an empty seat for 100 days..give me a break, let's see, Kerry missed a full year, Teddy missed 18 months, and the Big O was absent for 2 years running for the White House...time for a real revolution..Jefferson and Adams are really rolling over in their graves. Signed Stuck in Mass with the commies and idiots.

    September 25, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. victim of republican greed

    Even the lowly state of South Carolina has two senators. Recently the Florida governor named a replacement for republican Sen Martinez, but those who watch Fox entertainment would not have been aware.

    September 25, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. victim of republican greed

    The health care opposition by the wingnuts is really confusing. Like most of us, they are opposed to abortion because it kills a human being. But the difference is that they are against health care reform even though lack of insurance leads to almost 15,000 deaths a year. They have no problem killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in an illegal war, and have no problem with the deaths of 4500 of our finest military. When a child is born, they turn their back on them. I am more disappointed that, as Christians, they do not care for humankind.

    September 25, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Stacey

    Way to go Massachusetts! The republicans are mad and scared as heck, so the Dems did something right! Way to go, Senator Kirk!

    September 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Sue

    It is not unusual for a Governor to appoint a replacement when a senator dies while in office. It has been done many times, for both the G.O.P. and the Dems. Get off your high horses. There will be an election in January. In the meantime, Massachusetts has two votes. As it should.

    September 25, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Gee

    He or anyone else that excepts this seat before the election should be totally ashamed and embarrassed........what a scumbag bunch of politicians the Dems are in that state......

    September 25, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Thank you all for being stupid

    Once in a while I forget that average Americans, like Kevin in Ohio and Bubble of Sanity, are really stupid, but then I read comments to stories on the political ticker and am reminded that you're really stupid. Thank you.

    September 25, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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