Friday, December 21, 2012

House Minority Leader’s Statement on President Obama’s Nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to news that President Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry to serve as Secretary of State:

“Senator John Kerry has a long record of public service on behalf of Massachusetts and its residents. Furthermore, he is a distinguished United States veteran and is an honorable individual. I thank him for his service to the Commonwealth and I wish him the best of luck as he embarks on this new chapter in his life.

With the senior-Senator from Massachusetts being tapped to serve as Secretary of State, it is my sincere hope that no further public or private consideration is given to changing the law in Massachusetts as it pertains to appointing an interim United States Senator. Senator Kerry’s nomination, and all but certain confirmation, sets in motion a law that was last changed in 2009. Regardless of the merits of the way the law was crafted, it is the law and to change it to benefit any one party or individual would be wrong.”