5. The Governor and Dems painted themselves into a corner in the past to
defend against Republican appointees...
So it's not so straightforward...
"During the 2010 special election - prompted by the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy from brain cancer - Gov. Deval Patrick said he would only appoint someone as interim senator if they agreed not to run in the special election, and he appointed former Democratic Party chairman Paul Kirk.
Under current law, if Kerry resigns Patrick would appoint an interim senator to serve until a special election could be held.
Asked recently if he would seek the same promise if Kerry stepped down, Patrick said it was too soon say.
Patrick has said he would prefer a system where he could appoint someone to serve until the next statewide election in 2014, but said there's no appetite on Beacon Hill to change the law."