Kennedy's Widow Also Backs Kirk

Add another Kennedy to the list of those backing long-time family friend Paul G. Kirk, Jr. to serve as temporary replacement for the late Ted Kennedy in the US Senate.

Press reports from this morning had US Representative Patrick Kennedy and his brother Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. backing Kirk. And now, the Boston Globe reports that Senator Kennedy's widow Victoria Reggie Kennedy is backing Kirk:

Edward M. Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, has weighed in on who should replace her late husband in the US Senate, telling the governor that she prefers that he tap former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr., according to a Kennedy family associate.

Vicki Kennedy had previously told Governor Deval Patrick that she was not interested in the seat, and her voice adds further pressure to fill the interim appointment with the long-time Kennedy friend and former staffer, who is so trusted and respected he was chosen as master of ceremonies at Kennedy's memorial service the night before his funeral.

The Globe reported this morning that Kennedy’s two sons, US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island and businessman Edward M. Kennedy Jr., have also told Governor Patrick that Kirk is their first choice.

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