"Political scramble if Kerry joins Cabinet" by Matt Viser and Frank Phillips, Globe Staff | November 6, 2008
Unlike most states that allow the governor to appoint a replacement, Massachusetts law says that a vacant US Senate seat would have to be filled by a special election within 140 to 160 days of the resignation. The Democrat-controlled Legislature approved the law when Kerry was running for president in 2004, to prevent Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, from appointing a possible successor.
Democrats could try to change the law back to ensure Republicans don't pull off a surprise victory. Governor Deval Patrick indicated yesterday he was open to the idea of reverting to the old system of appointments, but said he was "not pushing a change." --more--"
Nothing more duplicitous and disingenuous than a Massachusetts Democrat!