This little tidbit is from US News Bulletin
Democrats Line Up To Change Senate Succession Law With Sen. Edward Kennedy's death, Democrats in both Massachusetts and Washington are eager to change Massachusetts law to permit the state's governor to select an interim replacement before a special election to permanently fill his seat. Bloomberg News reports, "Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick could temporarily replace the late" Sen. Ted Kennedy "as early as the fourth week in September under a timetable being considered by Democratic members of the Legislature, a key committee chairman said today."
The Washington Post reports, "Senior Democrats in Washington and Massachusetts have thrown their support behind a proposal to appoint a temporary replacement to fill" Kennedy's seat. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "publicly endorsed the plan." The move "would put Kennedy's immediate successor in place by the time Reid hopes to hold a Senate vote on health-care legislation."
On ABC World News, George Stephanopoulos said, "There is a chance this could pass by late September, and one of the names being mentioned as this possible temporary senator is the former governor and presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis."