With less than three weeks left before the midterm elections, President Obama is making the rounds in support of Democratic allies such as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, whom Obama praised in a Boston appearance Saturday while ... (continued)
He’s already the stuff of “SNL” parodies, so Massachusetts’ newly minted Sen.-elect Scott Brown might as well go ahead and drop the “-elect” part from his title. Brown sent letters to state officials Wednesday prodding them to get on with the election certification process so he could be sworn in Thursday.
Democrats would like an interim senator to fill Ted Kennedy’s shoes until a January election provides a more permanent solution, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint just such a person.
According to Massachusetts law, the state will have to wait until a special election—set for Jan. 19—to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, but Gov. Deval Patrick is hoping to appoint a placeholder to fill Kennedy’s seat before then.