Massachusetts Senate: Governor Deval Patrick Supports Interim Senator

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) “said today that he supported a recent proposal by the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy under which an interim senator would be appointed to serve in Kennedy’s place until a special election takes place,” the Boston Globe reports.

“I believe that the senator’s request to permit the governor to appoint someone to serve for that five months until a special election was entirely reasonable,” Patrick told WBUR-FM. “I think particularly now when you think about the momentous change legislation that is pending in the Congress today, Massachusetts needs two voices.”

Asked if that meant “he would urge the Legislature to pass a bill allowing him to appoint a successor, Patrick said yes, and that he would sign the bill, the station reported.”

Ben Smith notes that Governor Patrick is “not the key player, and it’s still a heavy lift in the legislature” but that this should be considered a “move in that direction.”

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