Could Reid keep Kerry from becoming secretary of state

Laura Rozen reports that while Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is considered a likely candidate to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he might not get the post for several reasons. Among them: Democrats are worried Scott Brown could win his vacant Senate seat in a special election. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told the White House that he will be “furious” if he loses Kerry from the Senate, to leave the Massachusetts Democratic Senate seat facing Republican Scott Brown with millions of dollars in the bank left over from his unsuccessful Senate race against Democrat Elizabeth Warren. 

Brown has already praised Kerry as a great choice for secretary of state, suggesting he has the same thing on his mind. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · November 9, 2012