Dukakis Out and Paul Kirk In, to Fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat, Say Sources

September 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In recent days, a long-term aide to Ted Kennedy, Paul Kirk has gained momentum, as the top choice by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to replace Kennedy’s Senate seat on an interim basis. The name of former Governor Michael Dukakis had been floated as a possible replacement, but according to sources on Beacon Hill, Kirk would be named to the seat, as soon as Thursday.

Kirk is the preferred choice of Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy and his two sons, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and Edward M. Kennedy Jr. The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday that Vicki Kennedy told Gov. Patrick she wanted Kirk to take the seat of her deceased husband.

Whomever is chosen would not run in the special election to fill the seat permanently in January. Patrick has said he would elicit a personal promise from his appointee not to run.

Kirk is well known in the Boston Democratic circles. Kirk, 71, is chairman of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates and on the boards of directors of three corporations. He is also affiliated with the Boston law firm, Sullivan and Worcester and chairman and CEO of Kirk and Associates.

Kirk was not only an aide to Kennedy, but a close friend. He served as a special assistant to Senator Kennedy from 1969 to 1977 and worked on his 1980 presidential campaign. Last month, he served as master of ceremonies at a widely watched memorial service, organized in the style of an old-fashioned Irish wake, complete with songs and stories, the night before Senator Kennedy’s funeral.

Providing quality health care to all Americans was a life-long goal of Kennedy while he served in the Senate. It’s believed that the loyal Kirk would vote like Kennedy and certainly cast a vote for health care reform.

Kirk would provide the Democrats in the Senate with that important filibuster-proof 60th seat.



3 Responses to “Dukakis Out and Paul Kirk In, to Fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat, Say Sources”

  1. Mark on September 23rd, 2009 7:24 pm

    “That the CPD has been able to raise millions of dollars in corporate contributions is not surprising. Frank Fahrenkopf and Paul Kirk, who co-chair and control the CPD, are registered lobbyists for multinational corporations. Kirk has collected $120,000 for lobbying on behalf of Hoechst Marion Roussel, a German pharmaceutical company. Fahrenkopf earns approximately $900,000 a year as the chief lobbyist for the nation’s $54 billion gambling industry. As president of the American Gaming Association, Fahrenkopf directs enormous financial contributions to major party candidates and saturates the media with “expert” testimony extolling gambling’s “many benefits.” “We’re not going to apologize for trying to influence political elections,” said Fahrenkopf.

    “These are the guys,” author George Farah points out, “deciding who gets to participate in the most important political forums in the United States of America.” ”


  2. Help Getting Pregnant on September 24th, 2009 11:35 am

    Although I admire the Kennedy family’s contribution to the country, I don’t think it is up to the family to pick the next senator. It should be up to the MA voters and Governor Patrick will be held responsible for his choice.

  3. jack lord on September 25th, 2009 3:40 pm

    I hope he can be as honest and loyal to the American people as our previous Senator, Kennedy!!!

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