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Kerry Will Not Vote on Brother's Nomination

By Ed O'Keefe

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) will attend next week's confirmation hearing for his brother Cameron, nominated by President Obama to serve as general counsel at the Commerce Department, but he will recuse himself when it comes time for the committee to vote, according to a spokeswoman. (No word yet on whether Kerry will vote on the nomination if it comes to the floor.)

The senator's younger brother is one of eight nominations that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will consider next Tuesday. Cameron Kerry is a Boston-area lawyer who served as a political consultant to his brother's failed presidential campaign and to the Obama campaign. He is also an active Jewish Democratic activist, ever since the Kerry family learned of its Jewish roots during the 2004 campaign.

It's expected the committee will consider the nominations in two separate panels during next week's hearing, according to a committee staffer.

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By Ben Pershing  |  April 16, 2009; 11:20 AM ET
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It is not accurate to describe Cam Kerry as having become a Jewish activist after the family learned about its roots during the 2004 campaign. He converted to Judaism many years ago and has been very active in the Jewish community long before he learned about the origins of his father's family.

Posted by: SethKaplan | April 20, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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