"Knowledgeable sources tell me Governor Patrick has already had a discussion with one potential replacement for Senator Kerry: Vicki Kennedy. The sources say the governor talked to Kennedy, the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, about the possibility of replacing Kerry in the Senate and that she did not rule it out.
"If Kerry is nominated and confirmed as Secretary of State, Governor Patrick would appoint somebody to replace Kerry and, under Massachusetts law, a special election would be held no later than 180 days (and no earlier than 160 days) after Kerry leaves the Senate." ...Political Wire, quoting ABC NewsWhat does Kennedy's home state think? Here's the Lowell Sun's view.