Appointing Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to Secretary of State, barring an unlikely Senate block, means one thing: a Democratic Senate seat is up for grabs in the state boasting popular Republican Senatorial candidate, Scott Brown. Democrats are now scrambling to find a suitable competitor, according to Politico.
Possible Democratic candidates range from Representatives El Markey, Mike Capuano, and Stephen Lynch, to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost to Brown in 2010.
The more exotic candidates, Politico reports, include Edward Kennedy Jr., the son of former Senator Ted Kennedy, and Ben Affleck.
Regardless of who's nominated, both Barack and Michelle Obama, along with Bill Clinton, have vowed to help the Democratic nominee win the office.
And Brown does face one distinct disadvantage: his own party. Massachusetts voters, who still give Brown a 60% favorability rating, also have a strong distaste for Republican candidates.Via Politico and the New York Times.