Here’s one political rumor that isn’t happening. Former Gov. Michael Dukakis says he will not be a candidate for appointment as interim senator should Sen. John Kerry resign to accept appointment as secretary of state.
Dukakis was interviewed by WBZ News in Boston: “I’m headed for the West to teach,” alluding to his annual spring-semester teaching duties at UCLA. “That’s a no,” said Dukakis in reference to a possible appointment by Gov. Deval Patrick to fill the seat until a special election can be held.
“My party’s gotten caught in a little bit of a bind here, because attempting to avoid a Romney appointment, you created this system, and it’s a little difficult to jump back and do it again,” said Dukakis. “It would be a lot better if the governor could simply name somebody for the rest of the term, but that’s not what the law says. So if John [Kerry] gets that appointment, I assume we’re going to have another election.”