Will Bob Menendez be the next chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)Susan Rice has withdrawn her name for consideration for U.S. Secretary of State, after months of harsh criticism over her Benghazi comments, and citing a ‘very politicized’ confirmation process. Rice:

“I didn’t want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done as a country and the first several months of a second term president’s agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done.”

If, following heavy speculation, the job is next offered to Senator John Kerry, current Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, then a vacancy opens for the chairmanship as Kerry departs for the Obama Administration.

Kerry is the committee’s third-ranking Democrat on the committee. But senators Barbara Boxer and Dick Durbin already have leadership positions; Boxer as chair of the Environment Committee and Durbin as Assistant Majority Leader.

Kerry is also one of the names reportedly under consideration for Secy of Defense, as is Chuck Hagel.

You gotta figure, this has got to really peeve Joe Kyrillos …

Comments (3)

  1. Bill Orr

    but he might be more more helpful to NJ concentrating on his banking subcommittee chairmanship and his  finance committee membership.

  2. Bertin Lefkovic

    …to root for someone other than John Kerry to become the next Secretary of State.

    In addition to the fact that the experience with China that Jon Huntsman brings to the table makes him more qualified for the job than Kerry, the only way that I would be OK with Kerry getting this job is if Deval Patrick has agreed to appoint himself to the seat and run in the special election, which would most likely lead to Scott Brown running for Governor instead of Senator.  After the Martha Coakley debacle, President Obama would be insane to put that Senate seat at risk again.

    In addition to all of this, the last thing that I would want to do is give Bob Menendez a good reason to want to stay in the Senate, when he might be our best chance to beat Chris Christie next year.

  3. Bertin Lefkovic

    Historically, when Bob Menendez concentrates on his banking and finance committee work, it tends to be more helpful for his campaign fundraising than his constituents.  I am fine with him focusing on foreign relations, particularly with regards to his effective advocacy for Iran sanctions.


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