At 33 and fresh out of Boston College Law School, John Kerry went to work at the sleepy district attorney’s office of Middlesex County in Cambridge, Ma. There, says the Los Angeles Times, Kerry hunkered down to nurture his political aspirations, to learn the legal profession, and to prove himself as a prosecutor and an administrator. His campaign plans to highlight this part of his resume to help show that he has the toughness to be President.
At the district attorney’s office, Kerry nearly tripled the size of the operation, introduced specialized units, and won a conviction of the man once suspected to be the state’s notorious “Torso Killer.” He also displayed a willingness to work long hours, an enormous appetite for the details of policy, and an interest in digging deep into controversial topics. With his ill boss’s support, Kerry got nearly $4 million in federal anticrime money n flowed to the office in a single year, helping expand the staff to more than 100 lawyers. Kerry also used federal funds to hire professionals who focused on helping victims of domestic violence, pursuing white-collar criminals,and bringing violent felons quickly to trial. Such units, commonplace now, were novel 30 years ago.