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Fire Haley
08-27-2009, 03:35 PM
It could be a Republican

Ted Kennedy's death leaves an open Senate seat in Massachusetts for the first time in 25 years. State law requires a special election for Kennedy's seat to be held within 160 days.


funny story


Back in 2004, when John Kerry, the other Senator from Massachusetts was running for President, the Massachusetts State Legislature passed a law that changed the procedure for filling a Senate seat that had become vacant. Hitherto the Governor would appoint a replacement to serve out the term of a recently departed Senator.

The only problem is that the Governor of Massachusetts at the time was none other than Mitt Romney, a Republican. So the Massachusetts State Legislature decreed, over the objections of Governor Romney, that a vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts would be filled by a special election. The matter became moot, for the time being, as John Kerry failed in his attempt to be President and remained a US Senator.

This time the Governor of Massachusetts is a Democrat, but because of the law change he cannot appoint a replacement for Ted Kennedy, presumably another Democrat. Instead Ted Kennedy's replacement, unless the law is changed back to the way it was, will be chosen by a vote of the people.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2110891/who_replaces_ted_kennedy_in_the_senate.html?cat=9

revefsreleets
08-27-2009, 04:06 PM
They were scrambling around recently trying to get this changed when they knew Ted's days were numbered...the Dems NEED that seat to ram the POS healthcare legislation through...Byrd is kind of in the same boat...those are votes 59 and 60.

Fire Haley
08-27-2009, 04:43 PM
Former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Mitt Romney will not seek the Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy’s death, a Romney spokesman said Thursday.

Welp - there's one down.

Preacher
08-27-2009, 04:58 PM
Former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Mitt Romney will not seek the Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy’s death, a Romney spokesman said Thursday.

Welp - there's one down.

Makes sense. A loss in that election will doom him in 2012.

hindes204
08-27-2009, 05:00 PM
A republican could have a good chance at the seat if there is a vote. Even though Mass. is a pretty lib state, the news will get out that this one seat could be instumental in the passingt of the healthcare vote

revefsreleets
08-27-2009, 05:23 PM
A republican could have a good chance at the seat if there is a vote. Even though Mass. is a pretty lib state, the news will get out that this one seat could be instumental in the passingt of the healthcare vote

Very good point...there are a VERY few key issues EVER that create party jumpers. The Iraq War (and Obama's ensuing election) are one. This could be another. The American people do NOT want anything even approaching socialized medicine. Never have, and never will...this is very much beginning to look like the shoals the Dems are going to deliberately ram and ultimately sink their ship against...

JEFF4i
08-27-2009, 07:17 PM
In Mass?

Not likely, I wouldn't bet against a Dem for that state.

hindes204
08-27-2009, 07:21 PM
With the uproar over healthcare, this is probably the best chance a republican has to get the seat

7SteelGal43
08-27-2009, 07:32 PM
A republican could have a good chance at the seat if there is a vote. Even though Mass. is a pretty lib state, the news will get out that this one seat could be instumental in the passingt of the healthcare vote

There will be a special election, but for now they'll appoint somone.

MACH1
08-27-2009, 09:07 PM
There will be a special election, but for now they'll appoint somone.

Just long enough to cram obaaamacare down our throats.

7SteelGal43
08-27-2009, 09:40 PM
Just long enough to cram obaaamacare down our throats.

but of course :coffee:

HometownGal
08-27-2009, 09:53 PM
Just long enough to cram obaaamacare down our throats.

Don't you know - got to keep Teddy's "legacy" alive. :jerkit: A friend of mine told me (without revealing her source) that Pelosi is already emailing her fellow Senators and asking them to vote "yes" on The Savior's health care plan to see Uncle Teddy's legacy through. :rolleyes:

revefsreleets
08-28-2009, 08:02 AM
If there was EVER a chance of replacing Kennedy with a Republican, this is it...it's still only a slim chance, but...

This is now called "Kennedy Care"...

KeiselPower99
08-28-2009, 08:15 AM
Kennedy wanted healthcare reform. He died for healthcare reform. Lets pass helathcare reform for Teddy!!!! Yep thats the battle cry now.

HometownGal
08-28-2009, 08:31 AM
Kennedy wanted healthcare reform. He died for healthcare reform. Lets pass helathcare reform for Teddy!!!! Yep thats the battle cry now.

I'm sure Ted got the absolutely BEST healthcare and treatment over the last year while battling the cancer.

KeiselPower99
08-28-2009, 11:56 AM
I'm sure Ted got the absolutely BEST healthcare and treatment over the last year while battling the cancer.

Im sure he did and Im sure the residents of Massachusetts paid for it.

hindes204
08-28-2009, 12:23 PM
There will be a special election, but for now they'll appoint somone.

as the law stands right now, they cant appoint anyone, it has to be vacant until there is a special election...the law (the one dems made when romney was gov) will have to be changed first. Im sure the dems are scrambling to try and change it as soon as possible

KeiselPower99
08-28-2009, 12:46 PM
as the law stands right now, they cant appoint anyone, it has to be vacant until there is a special election...the law (the one dems made when romney was gov) will have to be changed first. Im sure the dems are scrambling to try and change it as soon as possible

Laws dont apply to the Kennedys. They will appoint someone and itll be a Kennedy cause dammit the Kennedys are America royalty.

7SteelGal43
08-28-2009, 01:06 PM
as the law stands right now, they cant appoint anyone, it has to be vacant until there is a special election...the law (the one dems made when romney was gov) will have to be changed first. Im sure the dems are scrambling to try and change it as soon as possible

You are right, hindes, I stand corrected. :thmbup: And yes, one of the last things Kennedy did was call the current gov and tell him to change the law back.

revefsreleets
08-28-2009, 02:17 PM
Errr...um...hello! It was post #2...

They were scrambling around recently trying to get this changed when they knew Ted's days were numbered...the Dems NEED that seat to ram the POS healthcare legislation through...Byrd is kind of in the same boat...those are votes 59 and 60.

hindes204
08-28-2009, 04:16 PM
Errr...um...hello! It was post #2...

They were scrambling around recently trying to get this changed when they knew Ted's days were numbered...the Dems NEED that seat to ram the POS healthcare legislation through...Byrd is kind of in the same boat...those are votes 59 and 60.




actually...it was in post #1 :thumbsup:

This time the Governor of Massachusetts is a Democrat, but because of the law change he cannot appoint a replacement for Ted Kennedy, presumably another Democrat. Instead Ted Kennedy's replacement, unless the law is changed back to the way it was, will be chosen by a vote of the people.