A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor says Massachusetts
Sen. John Kerry (D) appears to have the inside track to become
President Obama's new defense secretary.
The Washington Post recently reported
that Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is
under consideration to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who
has made it clear he wants to return to his home state of
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis
(USA-Ret.), senior fellow for national security at the Family Research
Council (FRC), believes Kerry is a likely successor.
"I'm not a fan of his by any stretch of the imagination, but he
does bring the experience of working with the Hill through the
Pentagon, and that's very important," Maginnis admits.
"In his particular case, he's close to the president, he knows
Capitol Hill, [and] he knows the military fairly well from a policy
But the FRC senior fellow notes concerns among Democrats that
Kerry's appointment would set up a special election in
Massachusetts that would create an opportunity for
recently defeated Sen. Scott Brown (R).
"I suspect that they'll make the decision that no -- it's not
going to be all that detrimental," Maginnis offers. "They maintain
a majority over there, and the loss of one seat is not going to
mean a lot to the president's and the Democratic Party's national
But the Army strategist believes that even though Kerry has
shown interest in the secretary of state job, it will likely go to
Susan Rice, current U.S. ambassador to the U.N.