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Monday, July 12, 2004

Romney's Proposed "Compromise" on Senate Seat

In a bid to prevent the legislature from taking away his power to pick John Kerry's successor, Romney yesterday put forth a proposal that would require him to clear a US Senate appointment with the state senate president or house speaker:

Under Romney's plan, he would submit the name to Travaglini and Finneran. One of the two legislative leaders would have to approve the pick within three days. The governor would have up to three opportunities to find a senator acceptable to the two Democratic leaders, at which point he would be free to name anyone he chooses, should they reject his three prior picks.

Why wouldn't Romney, under such rules, make Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy his first three picks, then name the person he really wants on the fourth try when he has free reign? Or, if Romney were to name, say, Kerry Healey, I'm sure we would see Democratic leaders denounced in a slick media campaign labeling them as sexist for opposing the lightweight's appointment. Either way, it doesn't sound like much of a compromise, and Dems are not surprisingly dismissing it out of hand.