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Saturday, November 10, 2012


U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is on the shortest of short lists to succeed Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama's next Secretary of State. The list is comprised of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and Kerry. The appointment of Kerry sets off a political domino effect in Massachusetts politics and the impact could reach from Boston to Worcester.

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John Kerry

The first domino to fall could be the Commonwealth's senior Senator John Kerry - he gets named to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

That creates a a vacancy for a very sought after U.S. Senate seat.

According to Business Insider, "Russia would like to see U.S. Senator John Kerry replace Hillary Clinton once the U.S. Secretary of State steps down at the start of President Barack Obama's second term."

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Scott Brown

Scott Brown is a great candidate for U.S. Senate in non-Presidential years.  

The moderate Republican dispatched Martha Coakley two years ago, and convential wisdom is that he would be an odds-on-favorite to gain re-election if it had not been a Presidential year and Elizabeth Warren did not have $30 plus million to spend.

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Martha Coakley

The Attorney General is trying to recreate her image by prosecuting Tim Cahill.  An acquittal ends her career, but a conviction gives her a much needed win.

Coakley wants to resurrect her career.

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Tom Menino

Mayor for Life Tom Menino might be getting bored in Boston. The opportunity to grab a U.S. Senate seat is appealing.

The Boston Mayor has all the money necessary for a short campaign and many would be supportive of moving him out of City Hall.

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Joe Kennedy

The former Congressman and head of Citizens Energy has his share of baggage.  

For most people it might hold them back from returning to political office, but an open Senate seat in Massachusetts and a Kennedy is like a shark to blood in the water.

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Young Kennedy

He just won his first election and now claims a seat in the United States Congress, which would be enough for most people, but this 32-year-old Kennedy is looking like he is on a rocket to the White House.

If he passes on running for the open seat, it could be decades for the seat to open again. The new Congressman would be bold to run for the Senate after just getting elected, but that is the family trait.

Educated at Stanford and Harvard Law - he won't think twice about a run for an open seat. Name recognition might help.

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Steve Grossman

Always ambitious - Steve Grossman is another that will take a hard look. National Democratic and Jewish-lobby connections make him a natural for a run for the U.S. Senate.

He would be able to finance a race without a problem, and it would get him to the level he has always sought.

Educated at Princeton and Harvard Business School - his resume is A-Level.

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Richard Tisei

Tisei still can't beleive he did not beat John Tierney and win a seat in the U.S. Congress.

The former Bush White House Intern is the perfect Republican for Commonwealth politics - smart, progressive on social issues and moderate on fiscal issues. 

But, he still lost to a very damaged Tierney. If Brown passes on the open seat, look for Tisei to jump in.


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