Massachusetts Governor Says White House Pressing for Quick Kennedy Replacement - Political News - FOXNews.com
RICHMOND, Mass. -- Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday that President Barack Obama had personally talked to him about changing the Senate succession law in Massachusetts, and White House aides were pushing for him to gain the power to temporarily replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy amid the administration's health care push.
A month after a White House spokesman labeled the issue a state matter, Patrick said he and Obama spoke about changing the law as they both attended Kennedy's funeral in Boston last month. He also said White House aides have been in contact frequently ever since and pushing for the change so they can regain their filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.
"He and his whole team have been very clear about that," Patrick told reporters after holding a Cabinet meeting near his Berkshire Mountains vacation home.
"It's out there that the Senate president and the (House) speaker are trying to figure out whether this can be accomplished, and he fully understands, as do his aides, who I have talked to more about it, the importance of having the support for a change agenda down in Washington," Patrick added.
The governor spoke just moments after Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate temporarily blocked a bill allowing Patrick to name an interim appointment.
This sis so wrong in so many ways it's hard to start, First the President is wading into a State Issue violating the 10th Adm second typical Kennedy BS if this isn't Political hackery then what is. First he got the Law change so then Gov. Romney could appoint someone if Mr. Kerry was elected the President now he wants it change so he can have a Democrat Govn selected his replacement. My hope is that someone in Mass. has the Balls to step up and tell The White House to stay the hell out of our 10th Adm. Rights and a Republican from Mass threatens to go to the United States Court to stop this BS.