BOSTON (AP) — Talk of Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a possible running mate for presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is throwing a fresh spotlight on Massachusetts’ process for filling an empty Senate seat.
The process has been changed twice in recent years by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature, depending on whether a Democrat or Republican was governor.
In 2009, lawmakers changed the law to let then-Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick name an interim appointment to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat while a special election was held.
Five years earlier, Democrats changed the law to block then-Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, from naming a replacement for Democratic Sen. John Kerry who was running for president. Kerry lost.
Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he’s not keen on tinkering with the law again.