Who will Gov. Deval Patrick appoint as interim Senator from Massachusetts?
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When Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announces who will fill Sen. John Kerry's seat on Wednesday, that person will instantly gain a distinction which they'll carry through the end of their life- the title of "United States senator."
With the Senate expected to vote Tuesday to confirm Kerry as the next secretary of state, Patrick's appointed pick will serve until June 25, when the Massachusetts voters choose their third senator in four years.
And although this past weekend's online shenanigans involving former Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown led some to again question who exactly will be squaring off in the special election, the interim appointment position boasts an equally interesting list of political possibilities.
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank retired from Congress at the end of 2012, and expressed an interest in TV punditry and book writing. But in an about face on the notion, Frank recently made a plea to Patrick for the appointment and his efforts were backed up with online petitions by the powerful liberal groups MoveOn.org and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
This is background/analysis about the appointment, not breaking news about it.
Technically it's over 12 hours old, although I would have let that slide if this had been a breaking story.
Please repost in Politics 2013 or GD.