A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has written a letter to Massachusetts leaders asking that they change state law to allow a speedy replacement of him in Congress. The note has been sent to Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's Senate president and House speaker while Congress considers an overhaul of the nation's health care system, one of Kennedy's projects. The letter acknowledges the state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election within five months to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats - with a wide majority in both chambers - were concerned because then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney had the power to directly fill any vacancy created as Democratic Sen. John Kerry ran for president. But Kennedy writes "it is vital for this commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election." http://cbs13.com/national/edward.kennedy.successor.2.1136393.html Apparently the people of Massachusetts believe the Kennedys are royalty since the law was changed at the direction of the Chappaquiddick Kid in 2004 to keep Gov. Romney from appointing a Republican in the event Swift Boat Kerry won.