John Kerry confirmed as next Secretary of State

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has been confirmed as President Obama's next Secretary of State.

Now that Kerry's been confirmed, the focus is turning to who will take Kerry's Senate seat.

A temporary replacement for Kerry will be announced Wednesday by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Former Congressman Barney Frank has openly campaigned for the post, going so far as to contact the governor about being Kerry's placeholder, until a special election is held on June 25th.

A primary will be held for the Senate seat on April 30th.

Massachusetts Congressman and Democrat Ed Markey has already announced that he'll seek Kerry's seat.

Markey's colleague in the House of Representatives, Congressman Stephen Lynch may also run.

As for a Republican challenger for the seat, Kerry's former Senate colleague Scott Brown is said to be interested in throwing his hat into the race.

ABC6 Chief Political  Analyst Buddy Cianci thinks that Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy's widow, will be named as the placeholder for Kerry's seat.

Governor Patrick is expected to announce his choice on Wednesday.

Senator Kerry has already sent a letter resigning from his post in the Senate to Governor Patrick.

His resignation takes effect this Friday at 4PM.