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    I actually had a discussion about this with a state rep.  She said (and I believe now correctly) that the current system lets the governor appoint a placeholder who can do very little damage, regardless of party affiliation, before the voters can have their say.

    I'd still like it to be that the governor has to appoint a non-candidate placeholder, but that's my personal opinion.  

    Letting Romney appoint someone would have been a nightmare (remember the carpetbaggers he imported for the 2004 Lege elections?).  Letting Patrick do so hasn't been.  Assuming that Governor Centerfold is in our future, I'd prefer he doesn't have to power to do any more damage.  

    •  What carpetbaggers? (0+ / 0-)

      What did Romney do to legislative races in 2004?

      "Didn't anyone ever tell you? There's one thing you never put in a trap—if you're smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow—there's one thing you never—ever, put in a trap. …Me." -The Eleventh Doctor

      by KingofSpades on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 04:22:08 PM PDT

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      •  After 2 years in office (1+ / 0-)
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        having huge Democratic majorities in the legislature override his zillion vetoes, Romney to much fanfare recruited 131 candidates for the 2004 midterm state legislative elections, some who had just been living in other states. An opponent for each Democrat. Often the GOP would not field candidates in a lot of these races. Romney held an event in Boston with his 131 candidates and took a big group photo.

        Didn't work at all. They actually had a net loss of a seat that year.

        "I am not for a return to that definition of Liberty under which for many years a free people were being gradually regimented into the service of the privileged few." Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1934

        by fenway49 on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 09:24:57 PM PDT

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        •  Interesting... (0+ / 0-)

          So that's how Scot Brown won his state senate seat.

          Politics and more Formerly DGM on SSP. NM-01, 26 (chairman of the Atheist Caucus)

          by NMLib on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 05:49:43 AM PDT

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          •  Scott Brown (1+ / 0-)
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            won his seat in a special election a few months before the Romney candidates to replace Cheryl Jacques. She was the first openly gay state legislator in Massachusetts and resigned to run Human Rights Campaign for a while. A real downgrade for liberals.

            Jacques also came in second to Steve Lynch in a crowded primary field to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Joe Moakley's illness in 2001. She had just come out because, she said, too many young gay people were committing suicide because they saw no future for themselves. Anti-gay animus in some quarters boosted Lynch, who'd spent his early career as a pretty strong opponent of gay rights.

            "I am not for a return to that definition of Liberty under which for many years a free people were being gradually regimented into the service of the privileged few." Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1934

            by fenway49 on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 11:10:23 AM PDT

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