Originally Posted by Amnorix
Yeah, I should know this because they were talking about what the rule was and if they should change it back when, errr....something was happening. The worry was that a Republican governor would appoint a Republican to fill the seat until the special election or somesuch. The Democratic controlled legislature wasn't hot on that idea (shocking, I know).
My memory is that the Governor gets to select an interim person to hold the seat and a special election is held to fill the seat when the 2 years is up. But don't hold me to that. I could definitely be wrong (or the law might have changed away from that).
From here, it seems to me that Obama would nominate Kerry expecting that Scott Brown might win the next special election. I think Brown still has a lot of support and did not hurt his image too bad losing to Warren during a Presidential election year.