August 20th, 2009
10:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Kennedy urges immediate Senate replacement if vacancy occurs

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Kennedy has written a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and other state leaders."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, is urging Massachusetts officials to change a law to allow for an immediate temporary replacement should a vacancy occur for one of his state's two Senate seats.

Under a 2004 Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant. The winner of that election would serve the remainder of a senator's unexpired term.

Kennedy, a Democrat who has represented Massachusetts in the Senate for nearly 47 years, was last re-elected in November 2006. His six-year term ends in January 2013.

In a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick and other state leaders, Kennedy said he supports the current law, "[b]ut I also believe it is vital for this Commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election."

Read: Kennedy's letter

Kennedy, 77, asks the governor and state leaders to "amend the law through the normal legislative process to provide for a temporary gubernatorial appointment until the special election occurs," according to the letter, dated July 2.

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  1. George

    Bush violated the constitution and that was ok. Teddy wants a law amended legally but that is wrong? No problem GOP. Just get more bucks from the insurance companies then use the money to fight this in Mass. You people are sick. Party first Country second. To you normal 65 percent of republicans, go independent before it's too late.
    Save yourselves from the embarassment of the disgusting mouthpieces blowing your horn.

    August 20, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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