Friday, September 18, 2009

Patrick Admits Talking to Obama About Appointing Kennedy Successor

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick admits he has spoken extensively to President Obama about changing the Massachusetts law regarding succession in the U.S. Senate.  Patrick first spoke with Obama regarding the issue of succession during Ted Kennedy's funeral last month. This despite the fact the Obama Administration had said previously it was a matter for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to address.

The breach of propriety by Obama aside, the irony of it all is that Obama and Patrick would never have had any such discussion if Kennedy hadn't seen to it that the Massachusetts legislature strip then Governor Mitt Romney of the power to appoint a successor.  If not for Kennedy's overconfident belief that John Kerry would win the 2004 Presidential election, Governor Patrick could have appointed anyone he saw fit to sit in the Senate after Kennedy passed away.

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