In January 2010 there’ll be a special election in the condition of Massachusetts to fill the Senate seat made vacant on the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy. While almost every politician in Massachusetts is eyeing the chance to run for US Senate, there’s only one man who is truly worthy of the honour of being the next Senator from the State of Massachusetts. That man is former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
The Seventh Amendment reads: " ;[t]he Senate of the United States shall be made up of two Senators from each State, elected by the citizens thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications required for electors of the more numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the portrayal of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
States rather than individuals would vote for state senators prior to the adoption of the Seventeenth Amendment. This way, each state" ;s government would have a represented in the federal legislature. Also, senators with the most merit instead of the most popular senators could be elected.
The United States has been built under a principle of both all citizens and the member having a voice in selecting federal government officials. The House of Representatives was designed to defend the interests of people while the Senate was designed to represent the interest of States. People could vote for their local state representative and local federal representative. There were many more representatives than senators so it is more probable that the representatives would actually represent the best interests of their district. The representatives were also less prone to be influenced by special interest groups. Senators were chosen by elected state representatives. They didn’t have to campaign to be elected. They simply had to competent at lawmaking and understand the benefit of their states.
After the Amendment was passed, state Senators had to get elected. In order for them elected, they had to get funding for the campaign. A large part of the funding came from interest groups that didn’t particularly correspond to state interests. In addition, these Senators no longer had to have as much merit as lawmakers. They just had to be in a position to win a campaign based on popularity. These Senators represented many people and had a very impersonal relationship with their constituents.
Curt Schilling gave serious thought to running for US Senate in 2008, but decided to go back and pitch one more season for the Red Sox. Now in retirement and living in Medfield, Massachusetts it’s time for Curt Schilling to step up to the plate and run for Senate.