February 17, 2004

No Surprise

Candidate Kerry won't quit Senate

The key concern for Kerry and the Democrats is that if he resigns--or even if he does not and goes on to win the White House--Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney would appoint an interim replacement.

It never occurred to me that he would quit, although in many ways quitting to devote his full time to running would 1) show confidence that he will win the White House, and 2) give the people of Massachusetts an actual Senator for the rest of this year, because goodness knows that Kerry won't have time to actually serve while he is campaigning.

Posted by Steven Taylor at February 17, 2004 08:22 AM | TrackBack

Looking at his voting record one would question how well he has served them for the last few decades.

Posted by: Paul at February 17, 2004 08:46 AM

When was the last time a Democratic Senator, who was popular in his home state, quit the senate before running for President?

I can think of Republicans who did so (like Bob Dole). And I can think of Democrats who ran so far to the left in the Presidential contest, they then decided not to run for relection (Edwards, Graham). But I cannot think of a recent Democrat who quit a Senate position to run for President. Can you?

Posted by: Admiral Quixote at February 17, 2004 08:46 PM
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