I can’t wait to watch these hypocrite hacks try to explain what has changed so much between 2004 and 2009….besides the party affiliation of the governor.
Before his death last month from brain cancer, Kennedy sent a letter to Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo to ask lawmakers to change state law to allow an interim Senate appointee to serve until a special election can be held. Patrick, who has scheduled the Senate election for Jan. 19, supports the change, saying Massachusetts needs two voices in the Senate during the next five months.
Key Democrats in the US Senate – including Majority Leader Harry Reid and John F. Kerry – also support the interim appointment as they prepare for debate on President Obama’s health care overhaul.
But Republicans point out that just five years ago, the Democrat-controlled Massachusetts House and Senate changed the state law to block the governor, Mitt Romney, from naming a fellow Republican to fill the seat if Kerry, the Democrats’ presidential nominee, had won his White House campaign.
Previously, the governor was allowed to appoint a nominee until the next general election.
As part of the 2004 change, Democratic lawmakers also blocked the possibility of Romney naming an interim senator.
DeLeo and Murray have not said whether they support changing the law.
Could the hearing turn into a “town hall” style protest?
Tarah Donoghue, communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, said the GOP is urging activists to attend the hearing. The party is also circulating an online petition gathering names of those opposed to the bill via social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Donoghue said opposition to the change extends beyond Massachusetts, noting that “Republicans nationwide are outraged about what’s happening’’ in the state.
“We are certainly organizing our concerned activist community so they can be heard at next week’s hearing,’’ she said. “Democrats want to change the law in their favor for the second time in five years.’’
I think this will come down a to a very close vote, but I still can’t get a clear read on which way the hacks will go with this. They know the national mood has soured on Obama and ObamaCare. Changing the law will be seen as nothing but a partisan maneuver to ensure a filibuster-proof Senate and could ignite a backlash – even here in uber liberal Massachusetts.