John Kerry has officially come out as the first member of the Super Congress to say “no” to money. One of the biggest problems with the Super Committee, like pretty much all of Congress, is that they have to raise boat loads of money to keep their seats. The vast majority of that money comes from corporations. What do they give the corporations in return? Well, for many, pretty much anything they want.
Kerry, recognizing the problem, said,
“I’m not meeting with a lot of lobbyists; I’m meeting with people I choose to meet with, who can inform me, assist in the process of crunching numbers and dealing with consequences, and so forth,” Kerry told the Globe last week in his first extensive interview about his committee membership.
“I will not fund-raise; I will raise no money,” the senator told the Globe. “I’m not raising any money while the committee is working.”
Asked why, Kerry said: “Because I don’t want people to think that I’m being leveraged by contributions. I just don’t want want the appearance of money being associated with anything I do on this.”
It turns out, he has pretty good reasons for taking that stance. Since the formation of the Super Committee, lobbyists have been courting the members as if they were the last available cheerleader at the prom.
Kerry plans on running for reelection in 2014.
I’m not usually one to spend time dwelling in the past, but sometimes I wish there were do-overs in politics. Yes, I know, John Kerry is boring. He’s Mitt Romney without the Ken Doll looks, the crazy religion and the (yes, I’m saying it) flip flopping. But today, John Kerry made me long for 2004.