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Paul Kirk, the Next Senator From Massachusetts?

The Boston Globe, all over the Kennedy replacement story, reports today that Vicki Kennedy has endorsed former DNC Chairman Paul Kirk to temporarily fill the vacant Massachusetts Senate seat. The Globe reported this morning that Ted's two sons, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and Edward Jr., have also endorsed Kirk.

Gov. Deval Patrick is still awaiting the bill that would allow him to make an interim appointment, as the Legislature finalizes the legislation. Patrick's choice will serve until the Jan. 19 special election.

Here is a quick bio on Kirk, provided by the Globe:

Kirk, a 71-year-old attorney who lives on Cape Cod, is seen as a top choice because of his ties to the Kennedy family and his deep knowledge of Washington politics. He worked as a special assistant to Senator Kennedy from 1969 to 1977, and is currently the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Last month, he served as master of ceremonies at a widely watched memorial service the night before Senator Kennedy's funeral.

Kirk is also familiar with many on Kennedy's former staff, and could help smooth the transition.

When questioned on MSNBC this afternoon, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said he would hold of commenting on his newest colleague until the Legislature completes its work on the bill and Patrick chooses someone.

"I know Paul very, very well and admire him greatly. He's a friend and have known him for many, many years," said Kerry. "But I don't want to comment on any sort of rumors or reports or speculation about who may or may not be in the running for that."