Herald Scoops Globe on Mass. Dem Shenanigans

Special election rules in Massachusetts are the Silly Putty of legislation, taking whatever shape best suits the Democratic majority at the time.

Back in 2004, they eliminated a governor’s power to appoint replacements for U.S. Senate vacancies, the better to keep then-Gov. Mitt Romney’s mitts off John Kerry’s seat should he win the presidency. When one of their own returned to the corner office, state lawmakers gave back the power to appoint a temporary replacement.

Now they apparently want to give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint a permanent replacement to serve out an interrupted term, the Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot reports:

Whispers build of change to special election rules

Power-hungry Bay State Democrats — eyeing another potential Senate opening if U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry joins the Obama Cabinet— are quietly discussing reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014.

“I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers money if they don’t have to pay for another election,” said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

“I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy to support his choice until the next general election,” Johnston added.

Not if the voters are David Bernstein, the intrepid political maven at the Phoenix. Here’s what he tweeted earlier today:

If history is any guide, shame will be the least important factor going forward.


5 Responses to Herald Scoops Globe on Mass. Dem Shenanigans

  1. Membership has its privileges.

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    This is what happens when shameless hacks are returned to the legislature time and again.

    …And an egotistical hack gets elected as governor…

    …When everybody knows they are hacks.

    …They are YOUR hacks, John, must make you proud to be a supporter.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Hey, Mudge – show me ONE PLACE where I’ve ever “supported” Democrats (or Republicans for that matter). I’m an analyst, not an advocate. Name one instance where I haven’t been.

      Quoting “It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town”

  3. Curmudgeon says:

    That’s about as lame as Dan Kennedy’s denials…and Emily’s.

    And, the NY Times is not a liberal outlet.

    And, MSNBC is a news organization

    And ,Fox News is “Fair and Balanced”

    And, the White House and the Governor’s Office ALWAYS tell the truth.

    And, the last three Massachusetts House Speakers aren’t felons.

    Your body of work is liberal leaning, and we rarely hear you excoriating the entitled hack for his hackedness…

    Your whole body of work liberal leaning.

    Remember, your audience gets to define your leanings based on what you offer, no matter what you might think or say.

    If I might make an observation, you are not alone. The entire Fourth Estate has abandoned its traditional function as an adversary to power.

    You may wish to consider commenting on that tragedy and your role in perpetuating it.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Really, Mudge – that’s what you’re going with? The “body of work” gambit? Geez.

      On 11/26/12 3:22 PM, “It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town”

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