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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.)

Cameron Kerry
Cameron Kerry, left, pictured with Shimon Peres in Jerusalem in July 2004. (Photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty)

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.

It's expected the committee will consider the nominations in two separate panels during next week's hearing, according to a committee staffer. The other nominations it will take up:

Sherburne B. Abbott of Texas, to be associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.

Peter Appel to be the administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration at the Transportation Department.

April S. Boyd to be assistant secretary for legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the Commerce Department.

Dana G. Gresham to be the assistant secretary of the Office of Government Affairs, at the Transportation Department.

Roy W. Kienitz to be the undersecretary of transportation for policy at the Transportation Department.

Robert Rikvin to be the general counsel at the Transportation Department.

Joseph C. Szabo to be administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 16, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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Comments

Wow, that's downright *classy* of Sen. Kerry. Good on him.

Posted by: forget@menot.com | April 16, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Please, please, please President Obama, do not trust any of these Cameron Kerry types(wasn't it he who put forth Fannie Mae looter and plunderer Jim Johnson as the Co-Chair of your VP search, isn't it he who accounts for brother John being the single most compromised member of the Senate). Please stop allowing the fox in the hen house.

Posted by: Thominnj | April 16, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

IN OUR EFFORTS TO GAIN PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, I AM CONCERNED ABOUT ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE BIASED IN THEIR OPINIONS.
WE HAVE BEEN SERVING ISREAL TOO LONG. ALTHOUGH CONGRESS HAS BENEFITED FROM THIS LOYALTY, OUR NATION HAS NOT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME BALANCE HERE.

Posted by: sm98yth | April 17, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Thominnj, explain what you mean when you call John Kerry the most compromised member of the Senate. And what are your sources for your comment about Cameron Kerry and his "types," whatever that means.

Sm98yth, I sense a certain kind of bias in YOUR comments, What is this "balance" that you are looking for?

BTW, the correct spelling is Israel not Isreal.

Posted by: cynicalismo | April 17, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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