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Massachusetts Governor Picks Paul Kirk to Fill Kennedy Seat

Former DNC Chairman Paul Kirk will fill Ted Kennedy's vacant U.S. Senate seat until a special election is held in January, the Boston Globe reports:


"Governor Deval Patrick has selected Paul G. Kirk Jr. to serve as interim US senator, a choice that comes with the strong backing of the immediate family of the late Edward M. Kennedy, according to a person with knowledge of the selection process. Patrick has remained mum about his selection, but is scheduled to announce the appointment at a press conference this morning today at the State House. Kirk, 71, is a longtime Kennedy friend and former staff member, a man so close to the family he was chosen as master of ceremonies at Kennedy’s memorial service the night before the funeral last month. An attorney who now lives on Cape Cod, Kirk worked as a special assistant to Senator Kennedy from 1969 to 1977, and is currently the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. He is familiar with many on Kennedy’s former staff and could help smooth the transition. Kirk was registered as a lobbyist a decade ago. He was paid $35,000 to represent the pharmaceutical company Hoechst Marion Roussel on legislation before the US Senate in 1999, according to federal disclosure records. He is currently on the board of directors of the Hartford Insurance Group."

The special election is set for January 19.

"The interim senator could be sworn in within days after the secretary of the US Senate receives a certification of appointment from the governor, according to Beth Provenzano, a spokeswoman for the secretary’s office. The new senator could begin assembling a staff almost immediately, she said."

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  1. This is a great choice.
    The family approves - and recommended Kirk.
    I think it is WONDERFUL that the Democrats are playing hardball - and yes changing the rules - to keep the twisted Republicans away from power.

    The current conservative movement is about as Far Right wing has the potential to be as dangerous as any the earth has seen - the white Census Worker found hanged with the bloody word FED carved in his chest today shows that Nancy Pelosi was of course speaking common sense.

    The murder and death from homegrown terrorists (they will call themself Patriots) has just begun.

    The Democratic party has to do whatever it can to keep the Right Wing Radicals out of official office and power.

    Posted by: walter | Sep 24, 2009 10:44:18 AM

  2. Although I admire the Kennedy family's contribution to the country, I don't think it is up to the family to pick the next senator. It should be up to the MA voters and Governor Patrick will be held responsible for his choice.

    Posted by: Help Getting Pregnant | Sep 24, 2009 11:33:53 AM

  3. Walter said: "The current conservative movement is about as Far Right wing has the potential to be as dangerous as any the earth has seen..."

    This post took a left turn at hyperbole and went straight out into space.

    Posted by: 207guy | Sep 24, 2009 1:12:11 PM

  4. I missed it, when did the Kennedys become the Boss of Me?

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 25, 2009 3:07:41 AM

  5. it's a TEMPORARY appointment. There is an election in January.

    Geez, do some of you read???

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Sep 25, 2009 1:09:05 PM

  6. I hope he can be as honest and loyal to the American people as our previous Senator, Kennedy!!!

    Posted by: jack lord | Sep 25, 2009 3:03:58 PM

  7. People from MA are strange and talk funny just like Kennedy and this guy Kirk. It is not often you can kill a woman (Kennedy) and people worship you. Strange!!!

    Posted by: Bob | Nov 21, 2009 7:48:39 PM

  8. Kirk, do you have a mind of your own? Who cares, Kennedy is dead. Make a decision without mentioning his name (health care bill-you made the wrong one). Life goes on. You are not Ted Kennedy, thank god, I hope.

    Posted by: Bob | Nov 21, 2009 7:51:58 PM

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