Steve Grossman on election procedure if Sen. Kerry vacates seat

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November 26, 2012, 7:06 pm
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(NECN) - On Monday's edition of "Broadside," Mass. State Treasurer Steve Grossman made clear he opposes any change in the legal requirement for a special U.S. Senate election should Sen. John Kerry vacate his seat.
Kerry is rumored to be in line for a cabinet appointment in President Barack Obama's second administration.
Current election law requires that a vacant Kerry seat be filled by special election within 145-160 days. The Governor can appoint a temporary Senator for the interim until the special election.
Some Democrats, however, have floated the prospect of changing the law to allow Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a successor to fill out the remainder of Kerry’s term.
In response to Broadside host Jim Braude, Grossman offered this reaction to a possible law change:
“I’m opposed to it… I think it’s wrong. We should leave the rules the way they are.  Let the process play out … Have a special election. Don’t change the law.”

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