It's Official

Ted Kennedy's Replacement Chosen

Dry your tears, Michael Dukakis fans: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Paul Kirk to serve as an interim senator for the seat of Teddy Kennedy. Kirk is a longtime Kennedy friend and former aide—he was chosen as the master of ceremonies at Kennedy’s memorial service before his funeral last month. Kirk, a former DNC chairman, will take the oath of office on Friday and will not seek reelection in January.