slides: If Sen. Kerry Becomes Sec. of State - See the Domino Effect
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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