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Who Will Run for Kerry's Seat if He's Appointed Secretary of Defense?

Would it be Scott Brown? Congressmen Markey or Capuano? Tell us who you think should run.

The Washington Post is reporting that President Obama is considering appointing Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry as the Secretary of Defense. There was speculation Kerry would be the next Secretary of State. 

Either way Kerry's move to possibly become a member of Obama's cabinet will open up his current seat. Should he be appointed, a special election would be held to finish out Kerry's term, which expires in 2014.

Conversation from the breakfast table this morning to the morning commute has everyone talking - who will run for Kerry's U.S. Senate seat if he's appointed? Could it be Scott Brown? Or maybe Congressmen Ed Markey or Michael Capuano?

Only time will tell, but we know you're talking about it. So tell us, who do you think will run for Kerry's seat if he's appointed? Let us know in the comments section below. 

paul November 15, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Kerry may move on but the Democrats are here to stay!
Indiana November 15, 2012 at 02:45 PM
All I ask is that illegals play by the rules - oh dems do not play that way. Gimme Gimme Gimme some more -
paul November 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Illegals are playing by the rules in the game that we made for them. Illegals are not a party problem they are a National one. No one likes ticks and parasites. Democrats are not to blame for every welfare program gone wild. Everything government always goes broke like the post office, it's the American way. We all get that you are a Republican from Indiana and hate Democrats but that is why the GOP lost by a landslide at every level (hatred). Minorities and females fear Republicans because they are angry, just like you!
Emcee of Seekonk November 15, 2012 at 03:46 PM
"...GOP lost by a landslide..." 48 to 50 is not a landslide and 50% is not a mandate. There might not have been too many minorities in the 48% (59 million + voters), but there were a lot of woman. Married women. Women who value family values.
Indiana November 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
30 republican governors is not a landslide...democrats might not be fully to blame but how many democrat presidents have sued a state for upholding the Constitution?? It is all about votes for the democrats
Indiana November 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Sorry - democrats might not be fully to blame but how many republican presidents have sued a state for upholding the Constitution??
Emcee of Seekonk November 15, 2012 at 04:13 PM
"30 republican governors is not a landslide" No, but it is a majority. 3/5 of the states in the union are governed by Republicans. In short, Republicans still have a lot of influence in the US. Democrats dominate in the northeast (New England, NY, et al), but when you look at the big picture, the politics are pretty well evenly divided.
Indiana November 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Sorry Emcee - meant to say that was a landslide
paul November 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Family values, like religion should not be a political matter. Most people have their own ideas of what family is and don't want the government shoving it down their necks. Republicans want it their way or no way. If they don't learn to compromise they will become extinct no matter how many governors they have.
Indiana November 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Most people do not want the government shoving anything down their necks.Why get a job if they can get 35-40k a year from the government. 60% of americans get more $ from the government than they pay in taxes - some deservingly so
Gretchen Robinson November 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
give up, Indiana. No one is listening anymore. Find some new gripes, ah, talking points.
Emcee of Seekonk November 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
In the last election, conservative values appear to have been important to about 59+ million people. Either that, or they were strictly voting against Obama... that could be, too. Among the 59 million were Christians of all stripes, Jews, Muslims, Athiests, Agnostics, Hindu, Buddhists and what have you. Each with their own set of values. It is hard to believe that all those people would suddenly become godless Democrats. There will always be an alternate party to the Democrats, whether it be called Republican or Libertarian or Green or etc., etc., etc..
Emcee of Seekonk November 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
"...60% of americans get more $ from the government than they pay in taxes..." And we all know that's got to stop. Cuts in entitlements are on their way. Otherwise, we'll all be rioting in the streets like Greece... and that might come, yet.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Gretchen, please do not encourage people not to post on the site. It is good to have a variety of opinions featured in these threads. Otherwise, it would be very boring.
Avon Barksdale November 15, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Jonathan, please do not discourage Gretchen from posting comments requesting that people not post. Eliminating Gretchen's posts about not posting will reduce the number of comments here and limit the perspectives on display. Nobody wants that, it's boring.
deb of see-attleboro November 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
A note on "family values". Like you, paul, I don't want someone elses values shoved down my throat. However, government FOREVER has rewarded and/or punished certain lifestyle choices and economic decisions through our tax codes. I had hope when Obama stated govenment should "cut spending through the tax code" he would at least try to make it happen. On the face of it, the statement sounds pretty stupid. It would have made more sense if he said let's make the tax code non-discriminatory. In other words FAIR. But, whatever. IMO, raising taxes on the top 2% is meaningless. It does not address the root cause of my disgust with both party's.
Amy November 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM
30 Stupid things the U.S. government is spending money on: paying researchers to play video games, paying researchers to study the effects of cocaine on Japanese quail and it has spent millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly. So, now we all understand why we need to raise taxes. Geez, what's wrong with you guys!
Indiana November 15, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Now back to Gretchen Maddow and Avon Matthews in the booth...don't forget to tip your waiters and waitresses
Carol Bragg November 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM
31st stupid thing: Read 20,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails sent from a U.S. general to a Tampa socialite to see whether they are inappropriate. We're paying tax dollars to embarrass the nation internationally.
Amy November 16, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Carol, we've moved on from Bill Clintons escapades. Lets focus. General Petraues decided to do the right thing and tell the truth about 4 dead Americans that were murdered. I wish the President would be as emotional about their murder as the fake anger for his liar of the moment, Susan Rice. Now, some quotes from John Kerry, potentially the next person responsible for sending our kids to war: 1. Go to school or you'll end up fighting in Iraq. 2. Vietnam Vets were rapists and murderers. 3. I threw my medals away but not my ribbons (still hanging in his office). What an upstanding man. so, hopefully he will leave Massachusetts and the entire country can share him. Now, for stupid spending lesson of the day: $765,828 to subsidize "pancakes for yuppies" in the nation's capital.
Just Saying November 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Let's focus. The question is, "Who Will Run for Kerry's Seat if He's Appointed Secretary of Defense?".
Amy November 16, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Just Saying-It's very easy to get off topic as you've noted.
Brian Hutchinson November 17, 2012 at 09:58 AM
I would like to see Paul Heroux run vs Former Rep Ross.
Ken B. December 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Though the appointment is Secretary of State, looks like we'll find out soon.
Jerry Chase January 25, 2013 at 05:34 PM
The results of 2012 proved that those who work for a living are now out-voted by those who vote for a living.
Emcee of Seekonk January 25, 2013 at 05:43 PM
LOL. That's a good one.
Gretchen Robinson January 25, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Jerry/Emcee, that's your opinion. I presume you are still in the land of the recent election which Romney lost for many reasons, but most immediately for the 47% comments. And the language of 'takers' and 'makers' which I found highly insulting to the middle class. The 47% nonsense was debunked royally. Why are you even starting again with this stuff which proved fatal to Romney/Ryan's campaign. Say did you See Doonesbury comic Sunday? "When Dems retire, like Carter, Clinton, and Gore, they remain engaged as global citizens" says the bearded Rev. Scot. "But when Republicans exit, like Ford, Reagan, Bush and Dubya, they're all about corporate speeches and golf!" There you have it, folks, the difference between the parties.
Amy January 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Al Gorezeera has been making money hand over fist from oil and fake global warming. I'm sure you've seen him fly his private jet all over the place. Another reminder George W. Bush saved around 10 million lives with his work against AIDs in Africa, please do the research Gretchen. I'm leaving soon to go skiing. Bush became the co-founder of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, a charity focused on ‘building back better’ after the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Bush also helps charities closer to home. He was the chairman of Hearts and Hammers; a Dallas based charity, designed to rehabilitate the houses of Dallas’ elderly residents that enabled them to live independently. Bush never critized Obama because it would have been classless. Some people don't need the limelight. Please send that memo to Clinton?
Fiscal Conservative January 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Republican or Democrat, does it make any difference who runs? Honest people no longer choose to run because of the humiliation that media presents in covering those they don't want in office. Honest candidates would never place their families through the BS that is thrown out there. Therefore, we're all stuck with what is remaining...the dishonest, out to see what they can get for themselves. By the way, today the president got a kick in the old ...... when the Appeals Court said he violated the CONSTITUTION. It was a Unanimous decision!!! Sometimes, even the person who thinks he can do as he pleases, is wrong. So, he now joins my ranks, those who are not perfect (by the way, I don't have enough fingers & toes to count the number of times I've been wrong. I admit my mistakes, he'll just blame some one else other than him. That's his track record.).

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