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Old 06-15-2004, 09:57 PM   #1
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Resign Your Senate Seat Senator Kerry!

Senator Kerry should follow the example set by Senator Dole when he ran for President and resign his seat. The Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, thinks he should too! She is right when you make only 14 out of over 100 votes.

[Q]"It's not fair, it's not right and the public is not being well-served," said Healey, who said she was speaking on behalf of Republican Gov. Mitt Romney. "I'm calling on John Kerry to resign so that we can fill that office with someone who is 100% devoted to the job of representing the people of Massachusetts."

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/politic...y-resign_x.htm
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Old 06-15-2004, 10:54 PM   #2
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While I don't like the partisan politics that brought this issue to the forefront, I do agree that he should follow Dole's example and resign his seat. If he can't effectively serve his constituency then he should step down. Plus it shows that he's really serious about winning the presidency and wouldn't be able to fall back on his Senate seat if he doesn't win.

Just out of curiousity, does anyone know if Gore resigned from his Senate seat when he ran for VP in 92? I can't find anything definitive on the web.
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While I don't like the partisan politics that brought this issue to the forefront, I do agree that he should follow Dole's example and resign his seat. If he can't effectively serve his constituency then he should step down. Plus it shows that he's really serious about winning the presidency and wouldn't be able to fall back on his Senate seat if he doesn't win.
I agree 100%.
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Old 06-16-2004, 05:47 AM   #4
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While it seems the best thing to do, I do think the Democrats take the politics in consideration. Should Kerry resign, then the Republican governor would probably appoint a Republican senator. The majority the Republicans have in the Senate at this moment is really small (51 Rep - 48 Dem) so I don't think the Democrats want to widen that gap.

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Under Massachusetts law, if a vacancy occurs Romney would appoint an interim senator, who would serve until statewide elections, which occur this fall. There would then be a special election to fill the remainder of Kerry's term, which ends in 2008. And in 2008 there would be an election for a full six-year term.

In 1996, Republican Bob Dole gave up his seat as Kansas senator in early June before formally receiving the GOP nod to run against President Clinton. When Dole quit the Senate, the state's Republican governor, Bill Graves, appointed Republican Lt. Gov. Sheila Frahm to fill the remainder of the term until a special election, also won by the GOP
So while it may seem good image wise, it may not be the best politically.

C ya!

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I agree. If you're not going to represent your state find someone who does. Every state deserves two senators. To answer TG's question, Al Gore didn't resign his Senate seat until after the '92 election.
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I disagree 100%. McCain didn't resign his seat either up to the convention. Nor did Bush resign as Govenor.

I do think he should make a greater effort to get to the floor for more votes though. Lately not much has been happening. Several major votes have been delayed. Such as the defense budget. He has made appearances for significant votes. Especially those with close counts or important admendments.

It is just partisan bull***t, since they would appoint a Republican to the seat widening the margin
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Yeah...like Republican Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey is in any place to make a non-partisan comment.

And Scarletwine is correct. Just because Dole resigned, it does not mean that other politicians, Republican or Democrat, have followed suit. In fact, want to talk about historical precedent? Lloyd Bentsen, while running as VP with Michael Dukakis in 1988, was running for a different office in Texas simultaneously (I forget which one...senator?). He obviously didn't become VP, but did win his other election.

Romney et al. should shut their mouths before they make themselves look more like fools than they already are. I predict a swift end to his governorship during his next election.

Kerry had better stay put. Massachusetts currently has two Democratic heavyweights as senators (Sen. Ted Kennedy being the other). Kennedy certainly has enough clout to pick up Kerry's slack until after the November election.

If Kerry wins the presidency, though, I'm sure that Romney will pick the most offensive Republican he can find to take Kerry's place. After all, that's what a "good Republican" does!

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I heard a while back that he missed a key vote on unemployment benefits. It just looks hypocritical to do that while you're out campaigning talking about what needs to be done for the unemployed.

His response was that the Republicans were just going to defeat it anyway. I think that's a pretty lame response..
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what's ridiculous about this is that Kerry's been infamous for doing this for YEARS, but all of a sudden only now someone wants to call him on it.

whatever, Romney. Transparent attacks like this just make you look all the more like the sanctimonious boob you are.
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I will vote for Romney again. I will vote for him when/if he runs for President.

He and Healy both gave up their salaries and are doing their jobs. Why shouldn't Kerry? He is not doing his job at all.

Partisanship? Maybe, but I ask this....was Benson missing votes? Was McCain?

14 out of over 100 votes?
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Let's ralk about Bush running the country and campaigning - raising the most money and trips in history. Or his historical vacation days. What a load of crap.

I am a CSPAN junky and with respect Mrs. Springsteen, it was not possible for the left to win the vote. We have those psuedo Democrats (Miller) that side with the Rep. on all economic issues.

I watch the votes pretty close and am always contacting my Senators with my opinions on their votes.
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Dole had his Viagra endorsement to prop him up after leaving the Senant.


This is just a partisan attack.
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what's ridiculous about this is that Kerry's been infamous for doing this for YEARS, but all of a sudden only now someone wants to call him on it.
I'm sure Kerry will use this defense.
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I didn't vote for Kerry in the last election as I've thought he was doing a crap job for awhile now.

However the timing is laughable.

I don't buy the "oh so magnanimous" crap people try to stuff in Romney and Healey forgoing their salaries - they're already rich. big friggin deal.
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it was not possible for the left to win the vote. We have those psuedo Democrats (Miller) that side with the Rep. on all economic issues.
I'm sure you're correct about that Scarletwine, and you know more about it than I do , but I still think he should have been there to vote..he still has the job of representing MA and MA citizens

And hey, maybe Romney has to give up some hair products as a result of giving up that salary
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