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  Kerry unfazed by prospects of Senate challenge
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Jan 29, 2007 02:03pm
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MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateMonday, January 29, 2007 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWith his presidential ambitions behind him, Sen. John Kerry said Thursday he's not losing sleep worrying about potential 2008 re-election challengers.

"Whatever life brings you, life brings you," Kerry said in telephone interview with The Associated Press, one day after bowing out of the presidential race. "I'm beyond worrying about any of those things."

Massachusetts Republicans have vowed a tough battle to unseat Kerry, whom they claim is vulnerable in the wake of his 2004 presidential loss and his "botched joke" about Iraq last fall. There's also speculation among some Bay State political insiders that Kerry could even face a Democratic re-election foe.

"Sen. Kerry can expect an aggressive challenge in 2008 from Republicans in Massachusetts," said Brian Dodge, executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party. "There's a great chance he could face a primary challenge, too."

Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey are among the names some GOP operatives are touting.

Dodge, who declined to name any potential candidates, said the party recently began recruiting candidates for all of the 2008 races.

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