Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has selected Paul Kirk, Jr, the head of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a close aide in the past to Senator Ted Kennedy, and former Democratic National Chairman during the 1980s, to be Senator Kennedy’s interim replacement until the election to replace Kennedy on January 19, 2010.
Kirk was favored by the widow of Senator Kennedy, as well as his two sons, as he represents the continuation of the Kennedy commitment to social and economic reform, and is a devout Kennedy loyalist.
Kirk is an excellent choice to promote the memory of Senator Kennedy, and he will be proud to be a vote in favor of health care reform over the next few months, a cause that Ted Kennedy spent decades advocating.
I am sure that Ted is pleased up in heaven that a person of true commitment and principle will be his voice as a bridge to the future. Good job, Governor Patrick! 🙂