If President Obama nominates Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be Secretary of State — and all indications are that he will — Kerry’s senate seat is up for grabs.
The seat goes up for election. Democrats in that state changed the rules when Mitt Romney was governor, in order to prevent him from nominating a Republican to fill the seat in the event of Ted Kennedy’s death.
Scott Brown, who lost his race to retain his seat to Little Feather Elizabeth Warren, still has a campaign in place and an organization throughout the state. So, if Scott Brown runs, would he win? A new poll suggests he might. From WBUR:
Kerry is believed to be President Obama’s choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The poll, conducted by the MassINC Polling Group on Monday and Tuesday, finds voters view Brown favorably, despite the fact that in November they chose to elect Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren in his stead. Fifty-eight percent of those polled say they have a favorable view of Brown, compared with 28 percent who view him unfavorably. Rounded off, 12 percent say they are undecided, and 1 percent say they have never heard of him.
Of course, there’s a fly in the ointment:
There’s been speculation that attorney Edward Kennedy Jr, the son of the late senator, is interested in running. He did not return a message left with his office.
Massachusetts being Massachusetts, you never know. But Senator Brown might be Senator Brown again.