Ted Kennedy's friend Paul Kirk now favorite for Senate seat
Kirk has received the endorsement of widow Victoria Kennedy and sons Patrick and Edward Jr. He is the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Senator Kennedyâ€™s sons and his widow have endorsed Mr. Kirk, a long-time Kennedy friend and the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Both Edward Kennedy Jr. and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D) of Rhode Island have contacted Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick â€“ who will make the appointment â€“ to express their support for Kirk, according to the Associated Press. Kennedyâ€™s widow, Victoria, is also reported to be in favor of Kirk, who is currently chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library.
Regardless of which way Governor Patrick is leaning, however, procedural hurdles remain.
Both the Massachusetts House and Senate have now passed a bill to change to the stateâ€™s election laws. The bill grants the governor the ability to appoint a temporary replacement to occupy Kennedyâ€™s seat until the state can hold a special election in January.
But Massachusetts law dictates that a bill does not become law until 90 days after the governor signs it.
The state would need to suspend this regulation so Patrickâ€™s appointment can arrive in Washington in time to impact the US Senateâ€™s fall calendar. To do this, the law will have to be deemed an emergency measure.
But in Wednesdayâ€™s House vote, the billâ€™s proponents failed to get the necessary two-thirds margin to approve emergency status.
This means Patrick will have to sign a letter declaring it an emergency, says state Senate President Therese Murray. The governorâ€™s aides declined to say whether Patrick had drafted such a letter, the Associated Press reports.
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