Ted Kennedy has sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo urging them to change the current succession law to ensure that Patrick could appoint a temporary replacement for him should he pass away prior to a vote on health care legislation.
While I am very sorry that Senator Kennedy is gravely ill he has no business asking the Massachusetts Legislature to change the law to serve his wishes.
Some background: In 2004, the liberal establishment and the MSM were so convinced that John Kerry was going to beat George W. Bush in the presidential election that the Massachusetts Legislature became concerned that then-governor, Mitt Romney, would appoint a Republican to fill his vacant Senate seat. So they did what any self-respecting, liberal hacks would do – they changed the law. Massachusetts now requires a special election within five months of any Senate vacancy. The law does not address interim replacements. So what Kennedy is asking them to do is to change the law again to ensure an additional vote for ObamaCare should it come up for a vote when/if his seat is vacant.
Given the approval ratings of Deval Patrick these days, he may want to steer clear of this. But then again, our Harvard-educated Governor always does the dumb thing when presented with the opportunity.