Former DNC Chief Kirk to Get Kennedy's Seat

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 3:01 PM CDT
In this May 12, 2008, file photo, Paul Kirk, Jr., left, appears with Ted Kennedy.   (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
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(Newser) – Former DNC chairman Paul Kirk will get Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, sources tell Fox News. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to make the formal pick tomorrow, assuming the state legislature irons out the logistics today. Kennedy's sons called Patrick to push for Kirk, 71, a Boston attorney who served as an aide to their father and is a close family friend. He ran the Democratic National Committee in the 1980s, up until the presidential candidacy of the other front-runner for Kennedy's seat, Michael Dukakis.