Celluci’s comin’ back

Paul Cellucci is resigning as ambassador to Canada, effective in January. From the article:

Former governor Paul Cellucci of Massachusetts said yesterday that he will resign from his position as US ambassador to Canada in January and return to his native state, sparking speculation among Republicans eager to find someone to run for the US Senate if John F. Kerry wins the White House.

This got me thinking about this whole discussion/argument currently raging at Beacon Hill about what’s going to happen if Kerry wins the presidential election – i.e., who is going to be our senator? According to this article, Mass. law states that should Kerry win, Romney would appointment a replacement, who would serve the remainder of Kerry’s term, until the senatorial election in 2006. But the Dems in the state Legislature want to have a special election – presumably because we the citizens would probably elect a Dem. Romney would no doubt appoint a Republican.
This debate is dumb, and it smacks of partisanship. If we had a Democratic governor, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Most of the Republicans from Massachusetts tend to be moderate anyway. I think we can all deal with having a Republican senator for a year. I’m a raging lefty, even, and I am sure I’ll be able to deal.

2 Comments so far

  1. Cassford (unregistered) on July 16th, 2004 @ 5:04 am

    We’re pretty resilient, but shifting the Senate further to the republican camp, even if just for a year, could allow a lot more reactionary federal legilation to get through. Moderate Repubicans tend to vote the way their GOP leadership tells them to. And the GOP leadership is far-right.
    I’d rather see Barney Frank in there. That’d drive the right wingers nuts!

  2. (unregistered) on July 19th, 2004 @ 7:57 am

    If I thought it would be someone like Collins or Snowe (Maine’s doing well for Senators), I wouldn’t mind so much; with Mitt Romney tacking to the right to placate the national GOP, I’d worry about who he’d name.

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