Senator Victoria Kennedy?

Yesterday, Senators Orin Hatch and Chris (bottom half of the Waitress Sandwich) Dodd expressed suppport for the idea of Ted Kennedy’s widow filling his seat until a special election.  Neither Hatch nor Dodd mentioned that for this to happen the MA Legislature would have to change the law that they changed in 2004 when a Republican occupied the corner office on Beacon Hill.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who considered himself the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s est Republican friend in the Senate, suggested on Sunday that Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, could serve as an interim successor to her husband.

“I think Vicki ought to be considered,” Hatch said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”  “She’s a very brilliant lawyer. She’s a very solid individual. She certainly made a difference in Ted’s life, let me tell you. And I have nothing but great respect for her.”

A week before his death, Senator Kennedy asked Massachusetts state legislative leaders to give the state’s Democratic governor, Deval Patrick, the authority to appoint an interim senator before the state holds a special election to elect a permanent replacement.

On the same program, another Kennedy confidant, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn), left the door open for Vicki to temporarily take over for her husband.

“Whatever Vicki wants to do, I’m in her corner,” Dodd said. “I leave it up to her decision making process.”

“Whatever she thinks is best, I’m for her,” he added.

Vicki Kennedy has reportedly told friends that she is not interested in assuming her husband’s Senate seat.

Legislators in Massachusetts said on Friday that they are likely to begin debating a bill that would give the governor the power to choose an interim successor.

The Massachusetts secretary of state presented the governor with two possible dates — both in January 2010 — for voters to go to the polls in a special election to fill Kennedy’s seat, leaving a gap of several months when the state could be without a second senator.

Forgive me for being cynical, but I am not convinced Mrs. Kennedy wouldn’t run for the seat if she were named the successor.  Now that would be interesting.  Many sharks are circling in the waters waiting for the appropriate time to throw their hats in the ring and it would be a huge political risk to run against any Kennedy – let alone the widow of the Liberal Lion.

7 thoughts on “Senator Victoria Kennedy?

  1. I wish Orrin Hatch would mind his own business. This reminds me of those in New York (surprisingly the conservative New York Post and unsurprisingly liberal Mayor Mike (High Society) Bloomberg) who were pushing to have Caroline Kennedy appointed to Hillary’s seat. Democracy anyone?

  2. I suspect that Joan wants nothing to do with the Kennedy’s or their legacy. I think that the Kennedy clan would ixnay her taking over Ted’s seat anyway. In the Middle Ages/Renaissance she would have been forced into a nunnery to silence her and remove her from the public’s eye. From all accounts Victoria was a positive force in Ted’s life – banning his drinking buddies from the house and making his kids act like socially responsible visitors when they would come over. For that she deserves a lot of credit. I do not think that the Palm Springs incident would have taken place had Ted been married to her at that time.

  3. This is not meant in any way to be disrespectful to the Kennedy family or Vickie – but what about Joan. Joan was the woman who stood by her man and watched his many indiscretions. She stood by him after Chappaquiddick. She gave him three children, Ted Kennedy’s only children. For what- for all that she endured Mr. Kennedy destroyed her life and she now stands alone. As much as what was stated this past weekend by the burly men who touted Vickie- no one but the Priest had the courage to mention the name Joan. My question is, would Vickie stand by her man as Joan did?

  4. That comment about Joan was not meant to have come from me. Plato was kind enough to let me use his PC last week and he didn’t realize he was signed on as me.

    Sorry for any confusion.

  5. Curt Schilling is a lot more qualified then some of the names I ‘ve seen bandied about by the media. Of course the ultimate Mass. Senator would be Tom Brady or Bill Belichik.

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