- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Let’s see if I have this right. Your article “Kennedy’s Senate seat could be filled by late September” (Nation, Friday) says that under Massachusetts law, a vacant U.S. Senate seat requires an election within 145 to 160 days after the vacancy occurs. This law was enacted in 2004, when Massachusetts had a Republican governor but the Democrats controlled the legislature. Before that time, a vacancy would have to be filled by the governor’s appointment. The 2004 change was enacted to prevent a Republican governor from naming someone to fill Sen. John Kerry’s vacant seat should he have been elected president.

But now that the governor is a Democrat, the Democratic-controlled legislature is considering changing the law back to the previous appointment process. Are there any statesmen left in Massachusetts? No, they are all just politicians exercising raw political power.

SIM PACE

Arlington

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