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  •  Massachusetts law requires a special election to (9+ / 0-)

    be held between 145 and 160 days after a letter of resignation by a Senator is filed.  The governor can make an interim appointment, but that appointment is good only until the special election.

    The Lt Gov (Murray) is a real political liability here in MA.  In ordinary times, I could see Patrick accepting a position as AG or even running for the Senate if Kerry should become Secretary of State.  However, given the messes involving Murray, I can't believe that Patrick would abandon the governorship now.

    •  Yes, Murray does complicate things. And the Gov (1+ / 0-)
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      has been almost, but not quite, Shermanesque in his rejection of an administration position. And you're right about Murray. Lying about his accident should pretty much finish him off. He'd be an even bigger mess on Beacon Hill.

    •  Did they change the law again? (1+ / 0-)
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      When Ted Kennedy died, the seat remained vacant until the election.
      My guess is Scott Brown runs in a special election, for the seat in 2014, or for governor that year. So name your poison.
      I'd like to see Patrick in the Senate. The problem is he can't appoint himself and expect to be elected, so if Kerry is named SOS, then if there is an interim, it sort of has to be the person who will be the candidate 18 months later.

      For Massachusetts - is Tom Merino, the Boston mayor, progressive enough and viable enough out the city to be a strong candidate and good Senator?

      For SoS - others include Bill Clinton (not kidding - ex-presidents have been a Senator, a House Member, Chief Justice); Colin Powell; Richard Lugar among other big names.

      Rumor is that if Leon Panetta resigns, Chuck Hagel might become S of Defense.

      If Obama thinks Huntsman is the best choice for SoS, I'll support his judgment.

      •  You are wrong - the seat did not remain vacant (7+ / 0-)

        after Teddy's death.  Paul Kirk was appointed and served until the special election, when Scott Brown was elected.

        The key factor is timing - the special election must be held between 145 and 160 days after a letter of resignation is filed (not the actual resignation).  That doesn't give anyone else a chance to establish a campaign.  It would be very different running in a regular election in two years, when a campaign could be established.

        Menino is old, sick and has no interest in being a Senator.  He would be a total joke, as a matter of fact.  

        •  I forgot about Kirk (1+ / 0-)
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          And thanks for the assessment of Menino.

          Is there a progressive Dem with ready labor/blue-collar support who'd be viable?

          Obviously anyone might be at a disadvantage against Brown in terms of organization.

          Who would be a strong candidate?

    •  Ironically, the law was changed to prevent Romney (4+ / 0-)
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      from making an appointment in the case Kerry won the election.

      But absolutely Kerry should be SOS.  We already have enough of a majority in the Senate so losing one won't matter.  Further, in this climate no Republican will win a seat in MA and especially not Brown (were he to try again).

      As far as AG, when and if Holder leaves, it should be given to Napolitano not Patrick.

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