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A very sad day.  Not surprising, but extremely sad.  He's been my Senator all of my adult life - and I'm damn proud to say that.

Edit: forgot the link:

In a personal, sometimes wistful letter sent Tuesday to Governor Deval L. Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Kennedy asks that Patrick be given authority to appoint someone to the seat temporarily before voters choose a new senator in a special election.

Although Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, does not specifically mention his illness or the health care debate raging in Washington, the implication of his letter is clear: He is trying to make sure that the leading cause in his life, better health coverage for all, advances in the event of his death.

There is some good news:

Kennedy advisers were adamant yesterday that the timing of the letter did not reflect any imminent emergency in the health of the senator, who has been battling brain cancer since May 2008. Rather, it was sent this week after the Globe began making inquiries to key Beacon Hill officials over murmurings that some politicians were pushing for a change in the law.

I'm not sure what else to say.  The man has spent his life on this issue and now, when it is finally within reach, he may not be there to vote on it.

Globe Story

Originally posted to Sloth on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 04:45 AM PDT.

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