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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Kerry, a top candidate to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, would get through confirmation hearings easily, colleagues said. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

To: U.S. Sen. John Kerry
From: Angry Massachusetts Voters

What’s this about you becoming Secretary of State? It’s in all the newspapers, on the radio, TV and all over the Web.

Okay, we understand why you’re interested in the job.

Your father was a diplomat and he got to travel to cities with very good food.

You’ll get your very own Boeing 757. Though it’s not quite as fancy as Air Force One (the plane you really wanted), you don’t have to take your shoes off before you get on.

And yes, it means you won’t have to go to Fitchburg or Fall River or to any more funerals (unless they’re really big ones and Joe Biden is too busy to go).

It would mean you would no longer have to make small talk with Tom Menino or the Democratic town chair in, say, West Tisbury.

No more sitting on the Senate subway trapped between Saxby Chambliss and Marco Rubio.

We get it. There are perks. More than a few, it appears.

But what about us? What about the 1,959,843 Massachusetts voters that supported you in 2008 and thought you had signed a six year contract with us? It’s only been four years and you’re out the door?

Every time you asked us for our votes we gave them to you — even that time back in 1982 when you ran for lieutenant governor. We took you back after you tried unsuccessfully to beat George W. Bush in 2004; 66 percent of us voted for you even though you picked that creepy John Edwards to be your running mate.

Do you know what your fulltime move to Foggy Bottom will mean for us? We’ll have to put up with another special election, which will no doubt bestir a gaggle of restless congressmen and several overbearing rich guys who looked in the mirror one day and saw a U.S. Senator.

We have painful recent memories of the race for that other Senate seat — of stabbing the mute button every other minute to block the unrelenting ads for Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

We can’t go through it again — not so soon.

While you’re up on Capitol Hill getting ready for your love-in… ahem, I mean confirmation hearing, we’ll have to watch obscure channels like BBC America to duck all the incoming campaign ads.

And don’t get us started on the money pitches. Our email boxes were full of oh-so-friendly letters like the ones asking us for just $5 so Elizabeth could match all that Wall Street money for Brown. Who wants the hassle of sending those checks again for — say — Mike Capuano or whoever the Democrats put up.

People who know you best say you’re really a nice guy, better than that stiff Brahmin you play on TV.

Tell President Obama you made a deal with us, not with him.

Tags: John Kerry, Mass. Senate

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  • bearmountain

    As a retired U.S.Marine: John Kerry is not fit to be a grocery clerk much less Secretary of Anything. He, like the ONE, are both empty suits.

    • 2legit

      Dear bearmountain: THINK FOR YOURSELF! Or, are you so dumb that you have to let discredited 8 year old campaign commercials do the thinking for you?

      • bearmountain

        Not dumb enough to believe a word that comes out of that blow hole of a mouth that sits front and center in Kerry’s mouth. Dumb? I don’t live in Massachusetts. Now that is DUMB….Lets see Kerry, Kennedy, Warren, another Kennedy—DUMB?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Annable/1531208911 Robert Annable

      Who cares if you are a retired Marine? Do you really think that gives you any credibility?

      • bearmountain

        A bit more than you.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003902367879 Papaw Long

          my son is a current 2nd Lt Marine and i can say this much for him, he doesn’t flaunt his status nor does he think his thoughts /ideas /opinions are better than another’s because he is a Marine.

          • bearmountain

            Is that your your best shot? If it is perhaps you were big supporter of Barnie Freak.

  • crabsalot

    Please….once the election is over you can kiss any loyalty from them goodbye. It’s all about THEM…they only start the smarmy stuff when they need the vote. We just never learn do we.

  • American Patriot

    John Kerry would make an excellent Secretary of State. However I understand the Massachusetts voters’ frustration with seeing their Senator leave and having to put up with another special election.

    • Melanie Peschke

      Jim DeMint of South Carolina did just this very thing to 4.6 million South Carolinians. Now they have to put up with a special election in 2014, after they last elected DeMint to the Senate a mere two years ago in 2010.

      It would be more timely if people elected to multi-year terms would align their desire to leave the job with the end of their terms in office, and it would certainly be less costly for the people of the state to not have to mount special elections in an off-year, but I don’t see what kind of rule changes could bring that about it a fair way for all involved.

  • Samuel Walworth

    Another Senate Election???????

    Gosh… we just had one

  • Hcm

    I thing he’s been a marvelous Senator and I don’t want him to leave. MA needs him. But…he deserves the post; I think he’ll make ad excellent Secretary of State. And, remember, he was qualified to run for President. If Scott Brown runs again, I’m going to scream.

    • bearmountain

      Mass. doesn’t need him–you deserve him. And when the Idiot in Chief is done you folks back east can have him too.

  • Isobel Clinton

    I’d far rather have intelligent, thoughtful, gutsy, honest Mike Capuano as senator: I won’t ever forget John Kerry’s powerful go-ahead to Bush on the invasion of Iraq, staged so prettily in the Rose Garden, to be followed by the murders of many more children than 20, day after day, year after year, ruining one country and fouling the soul of another. Do I want the person that delivered the Democrats to Rove and Cheney’s war for oil as Secretary of State? Not on your life. I think the people of the world will be safer if he remains a senator.

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  • blackandmoore

    I am a good Dem and voted for Senator Kerry every time he ran for any office…but he has not been one of my favorites. I have called his office many times because he and I just don’t see the same vision for our wonderful State. Now Teddy did but John is a completely different person. I say he earned the job in DC and it is time for us to have a new Senator!

  • Flitzy

    If this cause us to be stuck with Centerfold Brown again, I’ll be sad!

  • kelly

    Fouhy, another left wing hack disguised as a “journalist”. What a shock! Did you disclose your political loyalty when you were directing news? I doubt it. What a coward.

  • Dave Holzman

    This open letter seems like the air bubbles in the foam on the cappuccino

  • Cambridge Steve

    Better at State than in the Senate. Good riddance. You honestly think he has loyalty to anyone other than himself and money?

  • Steve Jones

    28 years in Congress and what has this donkey accomplished? Not much. No one ever knows where this guy is or what he is doing. This guy is only interested in what is good for John Kerry, NOT what is best for the nation.

  • Steve Jones

    To the author of this open letter (Ed Fouhy): Do you honestly think John Kerry gives a rats ass about you and your concerns? Do you know what you sound like you dribbling little man? You are so misinformed it is scary.

  • Cambridge Steve

    You keep deleting messages that you don’t agree with and you can kiss your $1000 donation goodbye next time your have a fundraiser.

  • Steve Jones

    To the author of this article (Ed Fouhy): You are so misinformed it is scary. I guess that’s why you’re now a measly “news contributor”. Let’s see how long before they delete this comment.

  • R. Bennett

    John Kerry is a senior Senator, a Democrat with power to do good for Massachusetts and for the country as a Senator. I have voted for him in every election since he became a Senator. I do not think he would make a good Secretary of State. He is not a great communicator.

    His wife is an amazing person. I have heard that she is sick.

    John Kerry’s place is in Washington and by his wife’s side in Massachusetts not flying around the world trying, and possibly failing, to say the right thing.

  • Paul Spirn

    I could varnish the truth and say that even though I was just a luke warm supporter of Kerry’s last three electoral bids, I feel slighted by his willingness to leave his post representing the people of Massachusetts in the Senate. In truth I feel slighted by how little he has achieved in a position where as the solid choice of the Massachusetts Democratic Party he had little reason to fear being punished by the electorate for taking courageous or unpopular stands. He could have done so much. He still has the chance to be a lion of the Senate, to do great things for the Commonwealth. It is he who stands to lose the most by succumbing to the blandishments of the diplomat’s life. I challenge him to do the hard things to finally build a proud legacy in the Senate, particularly when he will be measured against our formidable, newly elected junior Senator. But then that might be another, subliminal reason for him to go to State. Let’s see what stuff he is made of.

  • Patty-O

    Has Kerry been the best Senator ever? Probably not, but ANYTHING is better than centerfold Brown. Please don’t make us go through that again.

  • TJtruthandjustice

    All John Kerry has ever cared about is foreign policy anyway. Get a good Democrat in there who actually cares about the state of Massachusetts. I don’t recall Kerry doing anything of substance for the Commonwealth. His hometown is Washington DC. Good riddance, Kerry. Your legacy in Massachusetts will be that you don’t have one.

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