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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Whitney Smith
Seven days after President Obama nominated him as ambassador to China, Commerce Secretary Gary F. Locke publicly reversed an earlier decision that adversely affected some Massachusetts fishermen, constituents of Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry who will chair his confirmation hearing Thursday.
Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith said there was "absolutely zero connection" between the senator's work for Massachusetts fishermen and the Locke nomination.
She said any suggestion to the contrary "is pure fantasy," adding that "Secretary Locke will be an outstanding ambassador and it's no surprise that Sen. Kerry supports his nomination."