You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


3 departures curtail New England’s political muscle

WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry used his experience and relationships in the Senate to help secure more ­Navy ships for coastal combat, boosting Massachusetts technology jobs. Senator Joe ­Lieberman, an independent, fought hard to protect Connecticut’s submarine-building franchise. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine’s moderate Republican, built a reputation ensuring Bath Iron Works continued hammering out destroyers.

But now this powerful trio of veteran New England senators is gone, sapping the ­region’s political clout. Snowe and Lieberman retired and, on Tuesday, Kerry won confirmation as secretary of state.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week