As the Massachusetts Senate prepares to take another step
toward authorizing Gov. Deval Patrick to make a temporary appointment to the U.S. Senate, the
state's largest newspaper is recommending Michael Dukakis for the job. Dukakis, 75, was the longest-serving governor in Massachusetts history and the Democratic nominee for president in 1988.
In its editorial announcing the endorsement, the Boston Globe
argues that Dukakis is perfect for the job because he is well-known, has "significant policy expertise, and a record of political independence -- but no further political ambitions."
The paper acknowledges that Patrick might not want to raise the former governor's profile at a moment when Massachusetts is in financial crisis, perhaps reminding voters of economic difficulties during Dukakis's later years in office. But it said Deval should "resist the temptation to choose a non-politician for what will be a four-month stint," and Dukakis is the best qualified of his options.
Dukakis Is the Best Choice to Fill Senate Vacancy