WASHINGTON -- Susan Rice’s withdrawal as a candidate to be secretary of state could have a ripple effect that reaches New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and PA Sen. Bob Casey, both Democrats. With Rice out of the running, Sen. John Kerry is expected to be nominated to replace Hillary Clinton in President Obama’s cabinet. That would open up some key positions in the Senate.
Kerry chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his departure for a cabinet post would put Menendez in line to take over the committee. A source confirmed to the Inquirer recently that the chairmanship would be Menendez’s. A Kerry move would also open up a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, a powerful panel that oversees tax policy, and Casey could be in line to take that spot PoliticsPA reported today.
It could be a significant move for Casey, who just completed a turn as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.