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Reports: Kennedys Want Former DNC Chairman Kirk To Succeed Senator

Multiple news outlets, including the Associated Press, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are reporting they've been told by people in the know that the late senator Edward Kennedy's sons are urging Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to name former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Kirk as the interim successor to their father.

The last step in changing Massachusetts law so that Patrick can name an interim senator is expected to happen today, and the Globe says the Democratic governor could announce his choice tomorrow. Kirk was a long-time friend of the senator's. Among others said to be in consideration: Former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis.

Senator Kennedy, 77, died on Aug. 25.

For much more on the day's political news, see Political Junkie.

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