Skip to comments.Speaker would back gubernatorial appointment of interim senator (Ted Kennedy Death Watch)
Posted on 05/23/2008 4:21:07 AM PDT by Impy
BOSTON The leader of the Massachusetts House says he will support giving Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim successor to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy if that becomes necessary.
The Democratic-controlled Legislature stripped Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of that authority in 2004 because of fears he would name a Republican to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry if he had been elected president.
Instead, state law now requires a special election for the seat no sooner than 145 days and no later than 160 days after the vacancy occurs.
But House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi said yesterday if Kennedy should step aside or have to be replaced because of his brain tumor diagnosis, he'd be in favor of a gubernatorial appointment.
"That was a good political reason (then)," DiMasi said of taking the power away from Romney. "It's a good political reason to change it back."
(Excerpt) Read more at gloucestertimes.com ...
I DESPISE rats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“The inevitable outcome of unchecked democracy”...
...maybe Mass is a “democracy”, but last I checked the rest of the US was a Republic.
The people of MA get what they deserve: CORRUPT GOVERNMENT.
Howie Carr will run wild with this one...
Why not? Republicans and the American people continuously let them.
They still can’t ruin my mood.
Mass is a democRATcy
Mine either!! I expect nothing from the ratocrats and havn’t been disappointed to date!
It's a good political reason not to drill for oil & gas in the US
It's a good political reason to surrender to terrorists
It's a good political reason run a ponzi scheme called Social Security
It's a good political reason nationalize healthcare and education
It's a good political reason cripple the economy to prevent (fill in the blank)
It's a good political reason tax the rich
If I wanted to live in a socialist/communist state I would have moved to the USSR when I had a chance. Why do people vote for these people?
The rat IS a loathsome phony creature after all.
Either Howie or someone calling into his show suggested that if Deval had the authority restored to him, he would appoint himself. After all, senator is a much cushier job with better $$ prospects than gov - and he’s failing miserably as gov.
We here are a model for the nation. As goes the corrupt rules for Senator in NJ, so should Mass. follow.
And of course Shrillary also likes changing rules. It’s a Rat thing.
I’m betting he’s doing this at Ted’s request/demand. And Joe Jr will be appointed. It’s Joe’s best chance, because if he ran again, he’d face questions about many things, including what he knew about his younger brother’s affair with the babysitter (starting when she was 14).
I live in this scum sucking state.
To read Dimasi’s last quote there in the excerpt makes me want to puke.
The Massachusetts Republican Party died last Tuesday.
The cause of death: failed leadership.
The party is survived by a few leftover legislators
and a handful of county officials and grassroots activists
who have been ignored for years.
Services will be public and a mass exodus of taxpayers will follow.
In lieu of flowers, send messages to New Hampshire Republican voters
warning them about a certain presidential candidate named Romney.
- Boston Herald, 11/12/2006
"In 2006, while Romney was chairman of the National Republican
Governors Association - a group dedicated to electing more
Republican governors - his own hand-picked Republican successor
as governor lost badly to the Democrat, despite the fact that Republicans
have held the governorship in Massachusetts since 1990. Romney largely
ignored the Massachusetts elections and spent most of the time
during the campaign out of state building his presidential campaign.
He came back and publicly campaigned for the Republican candidate
the day before the general election!
Locally, this is a rebuke to Mitt Romney and checking out within six months
after being elected and having accomplished almost nothing,
[Jim] Rappaport [former chairman of the state Republican Party]."
- Boston Globe, 11/8/2006
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