NRSC on Kennedy’s Seat: “It Should Be Up To The People of Massachusetts To Decide”

By Nitya

Aug 20, 2009 12:23pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has issued a statement this morning responding to Sen. Kennedy’s request to amend the law to allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.), to appoint an interim replacement, should a death or resignation create a vacancy.

Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Democrats are at risk if they play “partisan politics,” though he said the Senate succession process should be up to the people of Massachusetts to decide.

He points out that the law was already changed once for political purposes back in 2004 when the Massachusetts Legislature stripped Governor Romney of the power to fill a Senate vacancy.

Read full statement below:

“The NRSC believes this should ultimately be up to the people of Massachusetts to decide, however, it is hard to see how the Democrats wouldn’t pay a political price for changing their Senate succession law again to meet a new political purpose.  The integrity of this process already took a hit when the Democrats made the blatant power play to take this authority away from Governor Romney, and it’s hard to see how they would have the credibility to reverse themselves simply because it’s now politically inconvenient.  This should not be about partisan politics – it should be about ensuring the integrity and credibility of the Senate selection process."

- Rick Klein and Jacqueline Klingebiel

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