Ailing Kennedy Asks For Speedy Replacement Process

A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has written a poignant letter to Massachusetts leaders asking that they change state law to allow a speedy replacement of him in Congress.

The note to Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's Senate president and House speaker acknowledges the state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats were concerned Republican Gov. Mitt Romney would be able to fill any vacancy created as Sen. John Kerry ran for president. But Kennedy writes "it is vital for this commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate."

The letter was sent Tuesday, but Kennedy aides insist there is no material change in his condition since he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May 2008.

Kennedy's absence from last week's funeral for his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, prompted a flurry of questions about his own health.


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  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Aug 21, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Okay, your Dummiecrap friends changed the law in 2004 so that the then Governor, a Republican, couldn't speedily replace John Kerry's seat if he had been elected as President. Now, cause you're dying, you want your Dummiecrap friends to change the law back to what it had been before. This is why the PEOPLE need to vote on these types of chnages PERIOD. The original change should have been sent to the PEOPLE for them to decide, not these Elitest P O L I T I C I A N S! This is just sickening. It is way past time for TERM limits.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    the kennedy dynasty is slowly but surely going away. they have had to much rule for to long. so many scandals , lies and that terrible singing in spanish he done on the obama campaign trail. hope they appoint a republican to go up against thet slobbering barney " elmer fudd" frank!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    Senator was in no hurry for speedy justice for Mary Jo Kopechne. He let the girl die off of Chappaquiddick. He was in no hurry to save her, but he was in a hurry to save is own reputation. I have not much sympathy for a drunk, adulterous, murderer.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    I am sorry that Senator Kennedy is terminally ill, however, that should not give him the right to play on his illness for special treatment with regard to State Politics. They (Dumbocrats) changed the law for political reasons and now it has come back to roost. You reap what you sew! The dumbocrats are so use to violating rules, (even the ones they pass), that they probably think nothing of it. I know, lets tell them they can forgo the rules only if the Republican party can name the new Senator! This would not only give Mass. 2 senators as Kennedy wishes, but right the vile reason they did this in the first place!
  • by lm Location: nc on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    Since when did he ever do anything for the people??
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    Nothing like changing the rules to meet your own needs. Sounds sooo like a democrat.
  • by Kimmo Location: Belhaven on Aug 20, 2009 at 04:35 AM
    Several years ago they were worried a R might get appointed to replace a D in congress so they changed the law. Now it's the other way around and they want to change it back. After all it is imperative that Mass be represented by two senators. And how many are representing them now - with Kennedy out sick. And how many were representing them the whole time John Kerry was running for Prez??
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