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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Interim appointment -- now!

Tell me again why it's just politically motivated hoo-hah to name an interim US senator?

Forget all the talk of Joe and Martha and Curt. Let's also skip over the self-righteous indignation of those angered by the call to allow the appointment of an interim senator to temporarily fill the shoes of the late Edward Kennedy.

The actions of the Secretary of the United States Senate to close down Kennedy's office will leave hundreds of people in the lurch. People with problems that Kennedy staff have always worked feverishly to overcome.

Massachusetts legislative leaders have been strangely ambivalent in public about the need to move quickly to name an interim senator. Perhaps cowed by all the shenanigans that have disgraced the corridors of Beacon Hill, they somehow think a vacuum is acceptable.

Kennedy obviously had more in mind than simply the 60th vote on health care reform when he asked lawmakers to move quickly. Too bad no one else could see it -- or care.

Any continued desire -- on either side of the political aisle -- to make an issue of getting someone quickly in place to serve the people of Massachusetts will be as big a disgrace as any that has emanated from the Statehouse in the last two years.

It's not about politics. It's about the people.

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Blogger Judy Meredith said...

Maybe the Senate President and the Speaker assumed that the clerks in the US Congress followed their tradition of leaving the staff of former office holder in place to continue to do constituent work.

September 03, 2009 11:11 AM  
Blogger tim said...

It is all about politics that is why we have no Senator now because you did not want any chance of a potential Republican governor appointing a replacement back in 04and Ted should have been pushing since at least January to get the law changed back. How you still manage to blame both parties is amazing when you can fit all elected Republicans in a phone book

September 05, 2009 11:28 AM  

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