Patrick spokesman Steve Crawford confirms that the Gov will announce Paul Kirk as the interim Senator. An administration source briefed on the choice also confirms. Here’s Crawford’s email.
Later this morning Governor Patrick will announce that Paul Kirk is his choice to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy.
Paul Kirk is an excellent choice, among other excellent choices the Governor considered, for the interim U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts.
Ø Paul Kirk will be a faithful steward of the Senate seat until the voters choose a permanent replacement
Ø Our process was broad and far-reaching with the final decision made yesterday; in the end, the Governor had a number of people who would have been excellent choices as well
Ø The Governor talked to and listened to an extensive and broad range of people during his process which spanned several weeks
Ø Paul has a strong reputation as a person of character, high integrity and honesty
Ø He knows the legislative and issue priorities of the late Sen. Kennedy
Ø Paul understands deeply the strong commitment to constituent service that Sen. Kennedy displayed and has indicated this will be a top priority for him over the next few months
Ø Paul knows the Senate having worked in the body for several years and will be able to get important work done for the state alongside Sen. John Kerry
Ø He is thoughtful, smart and well-liked by Massachusetts community and civic leaders as well as national leaders
Ø He has worked with leaders of both parties in Washington to get important work done