Issue of Kennedy’s Succession Now Comes Into Play

tedkennedy1-20-09Already the issue of choosing Ted Kennedy’s successor has come into play.

Just hours after his passing, the conversation is well into full swing. WBUR is reporting that Governor Deval Patrick “supports a change in state law that would allow him to appoint an interim successor to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.”

In an interview on WBUR today Patrick said:

“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. I think particularly now when you think about the momentous change legislation that is pending in the Congress today, Massachusetts needs two voices. ”

Patrick said he would urge the Massachusetts Legislature to “pass a bill allowing him to appoint a successor,” and he “would sign the bill.”

Listen to the interview here. The NY Times reports that the Massachusetts State Legislature is “not set to return until after Labor Day.”

Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who is the only senator to have “served longer than the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.),” said today that he hoped the “healthcare reform legislation in the Senate would be renamed in memoriam of Kennedy.” That of course would be so apropos.

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