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Monday, November 6, 2006

The Kerry effect

FRANKLIN

Before U.S. Senator John Kerry made his public apology for what he said was a botched joke about poor grades and the war in Iraq, state Senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) sent Kerry a letter critical of the situation.

In the letter, Brown references his 27-year career in the Mass. National Guard, saying he was "disgusted" by Kerry's remarks, made at a Pasadena, Calif. college.

Kerry has since apologized, saying he was trying to make a joke at President Bush's expense. Kerry said that if students don't study hard and get good grades they might end up "stuck in Iraq," a comment which Republicans charged was a swipe at the intelligence of soldiers.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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