Democrats are trying to rewrite their own law on Senate vacancies. Paul Frost went on NECN to argue the Democrats should not be changing the rules in the middle of the game. We should not be changing the law on a case-by-case basis. If the Democrats trying to change their own law they’ve somehow “always disagreed with” they can do it AFTER the special election.
AFL-CIO Guy: It is certainly the Republicans and not the Democats that are guilty of hypocrisy….
Jim Braude: You cannot say that it’s the Democrats who are not being hypocritical. They took the power away from Romney because they were afraid there would be a Republican….
Jim Braude may be a lefty-lefty, but he’s one of those lefties that I think believes the words that come out of his own mouth when he’s saying them. What the Dems are doing simply does not pass the smell test. It’s very telling that the guy arguing for the change is some AFL-CIO guy and not a sponsor of the bill. They know what they are doing and are likely embarrassed to talk about it.
Paul Frost is right. The vacancy already exists. If this is truly about reforming the law, we can do it after the special election is over. Of course, we all know that’s just a line. This is just another government power grab where the political interests in power dictate whatever they feel like on a whim.
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There was at least one Democrat who was honest about his motives.http://www.telegram.com/article/20090901/NEWS/909010402/1116
Preserving that majority, said state Rep. Vincent A. Pedone, D-Worcester, is a primary reason he is leaning toward supporting the change.
“From my point of view, this is about ensuring we have a 60-vote majority in the Senate,” and ensuring the state is represented by two senators until the special election is held, Mr. Pedone said.
He acknowledged the vote on the bill will be politically motivated, just as the vote to take away the governor’s right to appoint a Senate replacement was adopted five years ago when Republican Gov. Mitt Romney stood a chance of naming a replacement for U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, if Mr. Kerry had won the 2004 presidential election.