Who Gets John Kerry's Senate Seat?
Scott Brown is a good bet, but Kennedys are dropping hints
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2012 2:10 PM CST
In this Dec. 20, 2012 file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry leads a hearing on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – John Kerry's confirmation hearings for secretary of State haven't yet started, but that's not stopping quite a crowd from measuring the drapes for his Senate office. According to Massachusetts state law, Gov. Deval Patrick would appoint Kerry's successor—likely a placeholder—then a special election would be held between 145 and 160 days after Kerry's resignation. MSNBC runs down the list of contenders:

  • Scott Brown: The soon-to-be-former-senator is all but a shoo-in on the Republican side, and would hold a significant advantage (having just narrowly lost to Elizabeth Warren) over many potential Democrat challengers. Some 58% of respondents in a recent poll had a favorable view of Brown.

  • The Kennedys: Ted Kennedy's widow, Victoria Kennedy, has dropped hints that she might run, as has his son, Ted Kennedy Jr.
  • Other Democrats: Lawmakers Ed Markey, Steven Lynch, and Michael Capuano have all expressed interest.
  • And Hollywood: Ben Affleck isn't exactly killing himself with denials that he's considering a run. “One never knows. I’m not one to get into conjecture,” he said this week.

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BCS
Dec 24, 2012 8:51 PM CST
If you take an oath to skull and bones, and you take and oath to the constitution, and the two conflict, which oath do you follow?
right2dave
Dec 24, 2012 9:02 AM CST
Goes to highest bidder!
reallybig
Dec 23, 2012 8:38 PM CST
"SWIFTY" Kerry likes "Hanoi" Jane Fonda to replace him if she could, they made such a great team together, kissing uncle Ho Chi Minh's ass. ------- REALLY