Reject: Nomination of John Kerry: U.S. SOS

John Kerry To Get Secretary Of State Nomination, Reports ABC

Posted:   |  Updated: 12/15/2012 6:59 pm EST |

This Dec. 3, 2012 file photo shows Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The top contenders for the “big three” jobs in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet are white men, raising fresh concerns among Democratic women about diversity in the president’s inner-circle. Their long-simmering worries were rekindled after Susan Rice withdrew under pressure from consideration as the next secretary of state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Appl
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be nominated to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, sources tell ABC’s Jake Tapper.

The announcement will not come in the next few days, ABC reports, due to a number of circumstances.
Kerry topped President Barack Obama’s short list of candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration in light of fierce GOP opposition.

The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and Joshua Hersh reported earlier this month that Democrats were nervous about the prospect of nominating Kerry:

The concerns have nothing to do with Kerry’s ability to handle the Foggy Bottom post. Nearly everyone agrees that he has the intellectual acumen and experience for the job. Instead, Democrats said they worry that Republicans may be using the secretary of state fight as a roundabout way to regain a Senate seat the GOP lost this fall, when Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was defeated by Elizabeth Warren. The anti-Rice gambit, some Democrats said, has the feel of a Republican long con.

“I don’t doubt that at all in terms of their motives,” said Tad Devine, a longtime Democratic strategist who served as a senior adviser to Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. “I think they are trying to come down from 55 [Democrats] to get to 50 as fast as they can in the Senate.”
In back channels, these concerns are making their way to the top levels of the administration. Top Senate Democrats have expressed concerns to the White House about a possible special election for a Senate seat in Massachusetts, a Democratic source close to conversation told The Huffington Post. Another Democratic source — who, like the first, would only discuss sensitive conversations on condition of anonymity — confirmed that concerns were expressed. A third source added that leaders in the Senate also said they would be comfortable with a prospective Kerry nomination if it is clear that the White House is invested in a subsequent special election.

John Kerry to Be Nominated to Be Secretary of State, Sources Say

Sources tell ABC News that President Obama has decided that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be secretary of state.

For a variety of reasons including the finalization of the process, other pending Cabinet decisions, and — more immediately — the national reaction to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the news will not be announced in the next few days.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is recovering from an illness and a concussion she suffered upon fainting because of that illness, is set to retire in the next few weeks.

Huff Post Live Video:

Concerned grassroots, mainstream Democrats reject this thought, this appointment of John Kerry as U.S. Secretary of State by the President. We feel that you [POTUS] are playing into the hands of the Republican Party with this pick! Let’s get back to playing Chess. Although, Susan Rice withdrew her name form the position due to Republicans like McCain, Graham and others tactical ploy to do so; because of the Senate seat in MA! It would be a mistake to seat Kerry as U.S. SOS at this time. We feel, if the POTUS would offer the position to Susan Rice publicly, she would accept and it would be a slap in the faces of the Right-wing opposition! We will remember McCain, Graham and the other Republicans that oppose your appointments in the upcoming elections and vote them out. Gbismarc!

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