President Obama is poised to nominate Senator John F. Kerry this afternoon to be the country’s next secretary of state, according to Washington officials briefed on the decision. The announcement was to come after Kerry returned from the National Cathedral in Washington, where he was attending the funeral of former colleague Senator Daniel Inouye. The White House planned to add the announcement to the president’s schedule, said the officials, who demanded anonymity to preempt the formal announcements.
Kerry is certain to breeze through confirmation, but it's unclear how soon he will resign; the timing of it would affect the special eleciton timing. MA Dems should want him to resign today so the election can be held before students leave town. More likely the resignation will be in mid-January, leading to a special sometime in June.
Great Mentioner - Republicans: Plan A: Scott Brown. Plan B: Bill Weld. Plan C is probably not necessary but would likely be either Charlie Baker or Richard Tisei.
Great Mentioner - Democrats: Expect a bloody primary, with any set of the following as possibilities - Rep. Steve Lynch. Rep. Ed Markey. Rep. Mike Capuano. Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank. AG Martha Coakley. Treasurer Steve Grossman. State Sen. Dan Wolf. State Sen. Ben Downing. US Attorney Carmen Ortiz. Vicki Kennedy. Ted Kennedy Jr. And Ben Affleck.
Head spinning yet? Strap on your seatbelts, this is gonna be fun.
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