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  •  To put it bluntly, Massachusetts Dems have only (0+ / 0-)

    themselves to blame for forcing special elections in situations like this in the first freaking place.  Prior to 2004, the governor had the authority to fill an open Senate seat via appointment, but Massachusetts Democrats didn't want then-Gov. Mittens to appoint a Republican to Kerry's seat if he was elected President.  Thus, we now have this mess, which has now blown up in the Dems' faces TWICE.  Talk about not thinking with long-term vision...

    •  That's because (0+ / 0-)

      there would have been a Republican appointee for four years, until Kerry's term (2002-08 expired. They could have made the appointment good only until the next Congressional election, but that's still two years.

      In 2004 the state was in its 14th consecutive year with a Republican governor. Every reason to expect more Republican governors in the future. Its senators were Kerry and Kennedy. Replacing either with a Republican for any length of time would suck. The law made sense at the time.

      Frankly, it all goes back to Coakley's non-campaign in 2010, a low point for Democrats nationally. She did a poor job, Brown did a good job in running. The 2013 problems I foresee never would have happened without Brown's 2010 win. Don't blame the legislature.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:53:16 PM PST

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      •  IINM regardless of Massachusetts law (0+ / 0-)

        There would have been a special election in 2006 due to federal law.

        At least such is my understanding.

        Registered in NY-02, College CT-01, Spent most of the rest of my life on the border of NY-08 and NY-15

        by R30A on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:28:48 PM PST

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        •  I don't believe so (0+ / 0-)

          How vacancies are filled is determined by state law. In Mass. prior to the 2004 change, the governor appointed someone to finish the term, however long it was scheduled to run. It didn't matter if an intervening federal election was held (or even two).

          Some states call for a quick special election (like Mass. now), others call for an appointment until the next Congressional election. That way the appointee gets two years max but there's no special election at an off-season since they tend to have funky results. See Brown, Scott.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:48:07 PM PST

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