By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts tapped a former top aide Wednesday to fill John F. Kerry's seat on an interim basis in the Senate and said voters will pick someone to serve out the remainder of the Democrat's term in a special election this summer.
Mr. Hale said the political landscape is different from what it was in 2010 when Mr. Brown, an unknown state legislator, scored a stunning upset to capture the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, thanks in part to support from the tea party movement.
This time, Mr. Hale said, Democrats will be careful not to get caught off guard, and Mr. Brown has lost some of his luster among grass-roots conservatives.