Will John Kerry’s Senate Seat Come Up For Grabs

There’s a lot of chatter about Senator John Kerry possibly moving to the Cabinet, either as Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense, and there’s some worrying going on in Massachusetts about the possibility of another special election to fill his seat. The agita is understandable—Democrats are still bruised over the devastating 2010 experience of seeing the “Kennedy seat” lost to Brown in a special election, which cost the party its filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, greatly complicated the push for the Affordable Care Act, and foretold the party’s huge losses the following fall. The big concern among Democrats “is that none of the party’s potential candidates for Kerry’s seat would seem to have the firepower (and fundraising potential) of … Continue reading

Kerry Fundraises For Kerrey

Acknowledging that his old colleague “faces a tough road,” Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts has tapped the base of supporters he built during his 2004 presidential campaign to boost former senator Bob Kerrey’s bid to return to the Senate. In an email fired off to supporters Thursday, Kerry solicited funds for Kerrey’s campaign to once again represent the red state of Nebraska. “More than ever, at this make or break time in our history, the Senate needs leaders who are willing to step up and put love of country first, like Bob Kerrey,” Kerry says. “My friend and former colleague has shown a lot of guts and grit in running once again for the United States Senate from Nebraska.” Kerrey, who retired from the Senate in … Continue reading

Star Power: Warren Picks Up Franken Endorsement In Mass. Senate Race

Elizabeth Warren picked up a key endorsement, and potentially a significant new fundraising source, in her campaign to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Warren, who is quickly solidifying her position as the frontrunner for the 2012 Democratic Massachusetts Senate nomination, won public support Tuesday from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the former late-night TV comedian and progressive talk radio host. A former top adviser to the Obama administration, Warren entered a crowded field vying for the chance to take on Brown, the first Republican in a generation elected to the Senate from the Bay State. She has seen her standing soar in recent weeks, in large measure due to a popular online video in which she pushed back against conservative … Continue reading