The current law in Massachusetts says that if a Senate seat becomes vacant during a Senator’s tenure, a special election must be held no sooner than 145 days and no later than 160 days after a vacancy occurs. This law was passed in 2004 when John Kerry was running for President and Mitt Romney was the governor of the state (a Republican). Up until that point, the governor would appoint a replacement to fill the seat until the end of the term.
The New York Post posted a story today about the jockeying for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat that is currently going on in the state. The Boston Herald also ran a similar story today. I have a prediction–it’s really not a very dramatic one–it’s pretty obvious. Governor Patrick will sign a law that allows him to appoint a Senator from Massachusetts to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat. That person will vote for healthcare reform. The laws of the State of Massachusetts will be changed to accommodate the Democrat political desire of the moment. This is obscene!