Mass. Close To Allowing Senate Appointment To Replace Kennedy

11/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Matt Viser Boston Globe

Legislative leaders on Beacon Hill believe they have narrow majorities in both chambers to give Governor Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim US senator, in a sign that the controversial measure may pass. But the bill must still survive Republican attempts to delay or kill it through parliamentary maneuvers.

In a key development, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, who has been publicly noncommittal, made a decision to back the proposal and was privately calling members yesterday to make the case. House vote-counters said support among lawmakers numbers in the mid-80s - more than enough in the 160-member body.

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