19 August 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Is Not Long for This World

He knows that he is dying, and it sounds like he does not expect to make it toa vote on healthcare reform:
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in a poignant acknowledgment of his mortality at a critical time in the national health care debate, has privately asked the governor and legislative leaders to change the succession law to guarantee that Massachusetts will not lack a Senate vote when his seat becomes vacant.

In a personal, sometimes wistful letter sent Tuesday to Governor Deval L. Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Kennedy asks that Patrick be given authority to appoint someone to the seat temporarily before voters choose a new senator in a special election.
As an FYI, he was not well enough to make it to his sister's funeral last week.


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