John Kerry is reportedly on tap to be nominated for Secretary of State and many expect Scott Brown to launch his third Senate campaign in four years to get himself back into the U.S. Senate after losing to Elizabeth Warren in his reelection effort this year.
Democrats have several options to weigh in terms of a candidate should Kerry be nominated, but the big question is how Brown would fare in the current political climate for Republicans in a special election that liberals would not take lightly, reported Politico.
“There is not a soul with any part of the Democratic Party — locally, in Massachusetts or nationally — who will take this race for granted as they did in 2010,” said Democratic consultant Mary Anne Marsh.
Despite assumptions to the contrary, there has been no indication from Brown’s campaign team that he intends to run because of the number of variables involved.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be required to appoint somebody to fill Kerry’s seat if he is nominated for secretary of state and approved by the Senate, with state law requiring a special election to be held within 160 days from Kerry resigning. A primary would be held six weeks before the election.
Exit polling showed Brown with a 60 percent approval rating despite his loss to Warren and Republicans believe that one tactic she used - suggesting that Republicans could take the Senate if he won - “wouldn’t be a case they could make this time” because the Democratic majority was solidified in November.
Democrats, however, believe that the sometimes nasty election between Brown and Warren would haunt him in a new contest, giving them a chance to retain both of the state’s seats in the Senate.
“He was exposed,” said Democratic operative Jim Jordan, who was Kerry’s first campaign manager in the senator’s 2004 run for president. “His nastiness [in the campaign] … won’t be forgotten. Ask Rick Santorum or George Allen, once that veneer of affability is cracked, it really can’t be repaired.”
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