Long-time Kennedy aide Paul Kirk will replaces his late boss until the special election in January
For impact on health bill, see Globe politics blog.
(Massachusetts Governor Deval) Patrick has remained mum about his selection, but Kirk entered the governor’s office through a side door at about 10 a.m. He was joined a short time later by the late senator’s wife, Vicki Kennedy, and his son, Ted Kennedy, Jr. Patrick is scheduled to announce the appointment at a press conference later this morning at the State House.
…An attorney who now lives on Cape Cod, Kirk worked as a special assistant to Senator Kennedy from 1969 to 1977 and is currently the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. He is familiar with many on Kennedy’s former staff and could help smooth the transition.
Kirk was registered as a lobbyist a decade ago. He was paid $35,000 to represent the pharmaceutical company Hoechst Marion Roussel on legislation before the US Senate in 1999, according to federal disclosure records. He is currently on the board of directors of the Hartford Insurance Group.