The Accidential, Temporary Senator

Meet your new Senator from the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Paul G Kirk, Jr. Mr Kirk was appointed today by Governor Duval Patrick. Thus one of Senator Ted Kennedy’s final requests has become a reality, as if there were ever any doubt. First, about Senator Kirk. He will be sworn in tomorrow by our good buddy, Joe Biden and will serve until  a special election is held on January 19, 2010. He, again fulfilling Kennedy’s wishes pledged not to run for the seat permanently.Kirk has been Chairman of the Democratic  National Committee, an active lobbyist, an aide to Kennedy, and ironically is the executor of Kennedy’s estate. An insider’s insider.

Predictably, Kennedy’s  widow praised the  appointment , adding that it was strictly the  Governor’s  choice, although the family had pushed for Kirk. Nothing against the late Senator, but what Kennedys  want, they invariably get. I posted about this scenario on  August 21, shortly before the Senator passed away. Quick summary, Kennedy wanted state law changed back to where it was before 2004, so  a quick replacement for him could be named. Why was  it changed in 2004? To prevent Republic guv Mitt Romney from being able to appoint  a Kerry successor if Kerry  won the presidency.

Kennedy led that charge in 2004, somewhat eerily, he has done so again. The Massachusetts legislature passed the needed legislation, despite really futile Republican efforts to block. Skillful political maneuvering, oh yeah.

What almost amuses me is the stated rationale that there are too many important issues such as  health care, climate change etc., for Massachusetts not to be fully represented. Sureeeeee!!

Why would Mr. Kirk want the job? Doesn’t really need it although  it may look good on his final resume. But the Kennedy call is oh, so hard to resist. Oh, might I add that the president was strongly behind this action.


September 24, 2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. This president is behind alot of things in Washington, take over of companies, banks, healthcare, and even the United Nations! Isn’t he such a star? WoW! Brings me back to his speech at the UN where he mention himself only 13 times !

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. No, that cannot be right. Only 13 times?

    Comment by tarheeltalker | September 25, 2009 | Reply

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