Former DNC Head Tapped To Replace Kennedy

The governor of Massachusetts has named former Democratic Party chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. to temporarily fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.

Gov. Deval Patrick's announcement Thursday means Kirk will serve in the post until voters pick a replacement in a Jan. 19 special election.

Patrick says the issues before Congress are "too important to Massachusetts for us to be one voice short."

Kirk is a Kennedy family friend who served on the late senator's staff for eight years and is chairman of the JFK Library Foundation.

Kennedy's widow, Vicki Kennedy, and son Edward Kennedy Jr. had urged Patrick to pick Kirk.

The appointment allows President Barack Obama to regain a critical 60th U.S. Senate vote he needs to pass a health care overhaul.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    Typical liar democrats whom the media loves
  • by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    What a pathetic group of liars there are in Mass. They change the law to suit their guy
  • by Jack Location: Roper on Sep 24, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Another lying crook in the Bull s--t House!
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Sep 24, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    Once again the hypocracy of the liberals rears its ugly head and I love it!! Massachusetts' voice in the Senate was not too important when there was a republican governor and the liberals changed the rule so Mitt Romney could not appoint a republican senator in the unlikely even that John Kerry won his bid for President. Now, suddenly, since there is a democrat in the governor's chair, it's important that their voices are heard. I guess the Kennedy's get to stick it too us one last time....well, hopefully it's the last time.
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