Governor Deval Patrick

Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat Needs To Be Filled Pronto!

For the first time in 25 years, a Massachusetts US Senate seat will be up for competition as to who should represent the state.

But Massachusetts state law calls for an election no sooner than about five months after a vacancy.

This needs to be changed by the legislature promptly, as this is a crucial time on the health care legislation and other important initiatives of the Obama Administration.

The idea of a temporary filling of the Senate seat, by someone who would pledge not to run, sounds to me like a very legitimate and proper move.

Massachusetts should not be denied equal representation for such a long time, as unfortunately, Minnesota faced for six months because of the contested Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman.

So hopefully, we will see a new Senator sworn in, who has been appointed to fill the seat for a brief few months, by Governor Deval Patrick.