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Campus Question – December 15, 2012

December 15, 2012

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Campus Question – December 15, 2012

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a concussion after fainting today. The State Department said she was dehydrated from a week-long battle with a stomach virus. Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that President Obama has chosen Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to succeed Secretary Clinton. Among the Massachusetts Democrats being considered to replace Sen. Kerry pending a special election are retiring Rep. Barney Frank and Gov. Deval Patrick. Will anyone challenge defeated Sen. Scott Brown in the special election Republican primary?

  • NCrissieB
  • addisnana

    Vicki Kennedy has also been named as a possible replacement for John Kerry.

    I don’t know if Scott Brown will run again but two defeats would really add to his resume.

  • NCrissieB

    This is obviously speculation all ’round. A week ago, people were sure President Obama would name U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Secretary Clinton. He’s reportedly now leaning toward Sen. Kerry, who reportedly wants the position and is reportedly supported by many Democrats. Senate Republicans reportedly to want Sen. Kerry to get the State post as well, reportedly hoping outgoing that Sen. Scott Brown will run and win in the special election. (Yes, there’s a lot of “reportedly” in that paragraph.)

    Other names being bandied about for Democrats include Robert Kennedy Jr., and Victoria Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy. My only hope is that Gov. Patrick appoints someone who intends to run in the special election, rather than a placeholder like Mike Dukakis, whom he appointed when Sen. Kennedy died. The Democratic primary for that special election weakened Martha Coakley, and she ran a very week general election campaign. Democrats need to hold this seat, and should, if Gov. Patrick chooses well and the fill-in runs a good campaign.

  • Since Barney Frank has already retired from the House, I doubt he’s interested in turning around and moving back to Washington as a Senator. RFK Jr. lives in New York state, not Massachusetts, so I doubt that’s all that practical. Otherwise, you could throw Hillary’s name in there.

  • Gardener

    Scott Brown won’t run…….