Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says he is planning to run for reelection in 2014, and has already begun fundraising. "This is the job I want; this is the job I'm enjoying doing," Kerry said Thursday, according to the AP.
Rumors have swirled that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been positioning himself to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Foggy Bottom (Clinton has said she doesn't plan to continue on for a second term at the State Department), should President Obama win reelection in 2012. But Kerry dismissed those rumors Thursday, the AP reports.
Kerry's announcement also leaves an imprint on the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race, where certain Democratic Members of the U.S. House delegation have been tempted to pass on a bid against the well-funded Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in favor of waiting to see if Kerry retires in 2013.
While it's still not completely out of the question that Kerry could be moving on in 2013, his decision to announce this early that he is running for reelection in 2014 may convince some Democrats looking for a promotion to give the Brown race a closer look.