Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown changed course and demanded he be sworn in to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Thursday, an accelerated timetable that conservatives had been clamoring for and one that Democrats quickly accepted — and had already been moving to accommodate.The people of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown to be their senator two weeks ago. Seat him already.
Brown said he wanted to be present for unspecified votes, and his swearing-in would give the GOP 41 votes in the Senate — the precise number it needs to sustain a filibuster of Democratic initiatives.
Jim Manley, a spokesman for , said he expected a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday.
"If that's what he wants to do, I expect he'll be sworn in as early as (Thursday) afternoon," Manley said.