John Kerry, the senior senator from Massachusetts, was nowhere to be found in Washington in early December 2011.
His office was uncharacteristically mum about his whereabouts; it would say only that he was not in the capital.
“Does anybody know why Kerry did not vote on Cordray’s nomination?” asked a Democratic blogger, puzzled that Kerry would miss the opportunity to cast his vote for a former campaign worker.
It turns out he was undertaking a secret mission whose importance only now can be appreciated fully, following the interim agreement reached over the weekend to begin the process of stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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