A letter from Dan Winslow, attorney for Sen.-elect Scott Brown (Massachusetts Republican), is asking Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and his Secretary of State William Galvin to certify Mr. Brown “immediately.”:
“We represent Senator-elect Scott Brown. We understand that the election returns from Massachusetts cities and towns were transmitted this morning to the State Secretary’s office and by the State Secretary to the Governor’s Office. While Senator-elect Brown had tentatively planned to be sworn into office on February 11, he has been advised that there are a number of votes scheduled prior to that date. For that reason, he wants certification to occur immediately. As he is the duly elected United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he is entitled to be seated now.”
Mr. Brown was elected to office on Jan. 19 in the Massachusetts special election to fill the seat previously held by Ted Kennedy. A number of key Senate votes have already occurred since the election, including the raising of the debt ceiling and a party-line cloture vote (with all 60 Democrats voting in the affirmative) to confirm the new Labor Solicitor General Patricia Smith. A committee hearing on the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is currently being considered.
Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyoming Republican) had held up Ms. Smith’s nomination in the Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for a number of months. Mr. Enzi’s spokesman told media that the senator wanted votes on controversial nominees to wait until Mr. Brown was seated.
(Update coming soon)