Chatter about Kerry highlights political focus on Patrick
President Obama’s reelection victory last week, combined with a net pickup of two Senate seats for the Democratic Party on Election Day, is having a ripple effect on Massachusetts. Senator John Kerry is in under consideration to serve either as secretary of state or secretary of defense in a second Obama term. Were Kerry to agree to either job, it would trigger a special election in Massachusetts to fill his Senate seat. Governor Deval Patrick would become a major player.