Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick has replaced Senator John Kerry with his own political mentor. Described as a partner in a politically connected law firm, William ‘Mo’ Cowan will become Massachusetts’ second African-American to represent the state in the U. S. Senate.
A special election will be held June 25 to fill the Senate seat.
“Patrick and Cowan built up a strong friendship over the years, in part, because both men have risen from difficult childhoods to prominence in Boston and in the state. Patrick also served as a mentor to Cowan when both were practicing lawyers,” the Boston Globe reports:
Cowan has also mentored many black professionals and has served as a talent scout frequently called upon to help diversify the city’s institutions. He helped Governor Mitt Romney, who faced criticism for the lack of diversity in his judicial picks, identifying lawyers of color who would make good judges. He recruited black lawyers for the law firm Mintz Levin and for Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.
Congressman Barney Frank retired this month, but publicly stated he would be open to filling Senator John Kerry’s seat. The outgoing Senator Kerry yesterday was confirmed as the next Secretary of State by a 94-3 vote.
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