(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Could Senator John Kerry become the next secretary of state?
Although the move is feasible, the Washington Post is speculating that the seat will most likely go to Susan Rice and Kerry could possibly become defense secretary.
Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, gave several television interviews days after the 9/11 attack at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attack killed four people, including an ambassador and a Winchester native.
Rice has been heavily criticized for blaming what happened in Libya on spontaneous protests triggered by a video and for not calling it an outright planned terror attack.
Some Republicans question if she was intentionally misleading the public before the presidential election.
In fact, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has already said he would not vote for her to be promoted to secretary of state unless "there's a tremendous opening up of information."
The shakeup is said to be part of the president's plan to reconfigure his national security team.
A replacement for former CIA director David Petraeus is also set to be announced.
Hillary Clinton has also announced that she will not serve in a second Obama administration.
So where do Kerry and Massachusetts fit into the potential plan?
Kerry reportedly wanted the secretary of state position, but may take the defense secretary position because it is a cabinet position.
Kerry's absence leaves Massachusetts with another special election.
The law says the governor gets to appoint an interim senator. A date is then set for the special election within just a few months.
The governor has already said he doesn't have a "secret list" and that this is all "wild speculation."
The winner of the special election would have to run for the seat again in 2014 because that's when Kerry's term would expire.
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