Former Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry’s (D., Mass.) fundraising has plummeted, but that has not stopped him from indulging in lavish spending at Chick-fil-A.
Kerry’s campaign spent more than $600 at a Virginia Chick-fil-A just four months before Boston Mayor Tom Menino threatened to block the “hateful” eatery for its Christian views on marriage.
A Herald Truth Squad review shows Kerry has only $1.5 million left in his campaign account, an alarmingly low total for a powerful and nationally known incumbent who faces re-election in two years.
The Massachusetts Democrat’s longtime chief of staff, David Wade, meanwhile, reported earning a whopping $303,000 in 2011, including $206,000 in payments from Kerry’s campaign and leadership PAC and a $97,000 taxpayer-funded Senate salary.
Wade’s total salary puts him well above any member of Congress, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, the highest paid lawmaker at $223,500.
Kerry is on Barack Obama’s shortlist to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, leading the Boston Herald to speculate that he is focused more on the 2012 presidential election than his own campaign. He is not up for re-election until 2014.