john kerry

John Kerry

*Even before Susan Rice withdrew as a candidate for Secretary of State, John Kerry’s  name was being mentioned prominently as a more than viable candidate for the job.

Now comes news that President Obama is going to do just that, according to senior administration official.

If confirmed, Kerry would take the helm at the State Department from outgoing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long stated her intention to leave early next year. Kerry, a longtime senator, is expected to be easily approved for the Cabinet post by his congressional colleagues.

That would open up the Senate seat Kerry has held for nearly three decades. Recently defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown might contest it. Whatever the outcome, Obama’s Democrats would retain control of the Senate.

Obama will announce Kerry’s nomination from the White House Friday, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s decision before the announcement. Clinton was not expected to attend. The secretary fell and suffered a concussion last week, State Department officials said, and hasn’t made public appearances since.

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