Kerry's Massachusetts: The Not So Favorite Son

How John Kerry learned the language of politics in Massachusetts--and how his home state learned to accept, if not love, John Kerry

John Kerry's critics like to say he is not actually from Massachusetts. That's a quibble. Kerry has lived in the Boston area more than anywhere else for at least 41 of his 60 years. He is a direct descendant of the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His great-great-grandfather was a Massachusetts Senator. Kerry has represented the state for two decades, winning re-election three times--even when voters had attractive alternatives. Compared with Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, Kerry qualifies as a state mascot. The truth is, John Kerry is from Massachusetts--but he is not of Massachusetts.

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