I think he's Patrick's former chief of staff and legal adviser.
Also a former law professor, I believe.
He's just going to hold the seat temporarily while Ed Markey gets his campaign going.
The CBS station in Boston is reporting that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has selected William "Mo" Cowan to occupy Senator John Kerry's seat once Kerry is sworn in as Secretary of State today:
Cowan served as Deval Patrick's chief of staff and had been planning to step down from that position this month. He'll step down from the interim Senate appointment after a special election in June.
My boss bet me that he would name Dukakis as the placeholder. Won that bet
I heard it was going to be Les Bullen!
What happened to Barney?
(Is he mad?)
Barney's always mad, that's his charm.
Barney would have been fun, and it would have been great to hear him tear into the Senate, but he could easily have become a distraction in the upcoming election.
Better this bland whitebread fellow than Barney.
MassHole political cronyism at its finest.
Barney wouldn't have left. Shortly after securing the interim slot, he'd have come up with a plausible sounding (to him at least) line as to why "interim" really means the rest of the term ... then, if his popularity is reasonably good, he'd have run for the full six years.
Mr. Patrick and Mr. Cowan built up a strong friendship over the years, The Boston Globe reported, as both men rose from difficult childhoods to prominence in Boston and in the state. Mr. Patrick also served as a mentor to Mr. Cowan when both were practicing lawyers.
So Tammy Baldwin won't be the only 'mo in the Senate anymore?
This will make Lawrence O'Donnell's head explode, right? Wasn't he pimping Barney?
r7, the Gov would not not embarrass himself by appointing someone who's toothless and refuses to wear dentures.
Patrick is going to be on O'Donnell's show tonight which had O'Donnell insisting that Patrick was going to appoint Frank because he wouldn't dare cross Larry and then show up for an interview.
Do we have any DLers from MA here today? What is the reaction there?
Hey I'm Republican and think he is a decent guy. Nice to see Afican Americans in the Senate.
Barney Frank should have never solicited the appointment publicly. He Came off as self-promoting, presumptuous, desperate, and entitled. Governor Patrick will not be punked down.