Urbin Report

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Keeping it in the family

For those are who are tired of the political families like the Clinton and Bush families, let's not forget the Kennedys.
The Daily News reports on how Senator Ted Kennedy wants to keep his Senate seat in the family:

Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family - with his wife, Vicki.

Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long been his choice to continue carrying the family flame in the Senate. Kennedy won the seat in 1962; his brother John held it from 1953 to 1960.


By going with the Lovely Miss Vicky, the Senator is bypassing his nephew Joe, a former congressman with ties to Venezuelan Socialist Hugo Chavez, and his own son, who is in congress, supposedly representing the people of Rhode Island.

HT to Bob Parks

Update: The New England Republican points out the the flat out hypocrisy of the democrat controlled Massachusetts legislative branch.
The leader of the Massachusetts House says he will support giving Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim successor to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy if that becomes necessary.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature stripped Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of that authority in 2004 because of fears he would name a Republican to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry if he had been elected president.

Instead, state law now requires a special election for the seat no sooner than 145 days and no later than 160 days after the vacancy occurs.

But House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi said yesterday if Kennedy should step aside or have to be replaced because of his brain tumor diagnosis, he’d be in favor of a gubernatorial appointment.

“That was a good political reason (then),” DiMasi said of taking the power away from Romney. “It’s a good political reason to change it back.”