Kerry Hires Boston Globe Politics Editor: ‘He’s not a partisan’

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Not a partisan. Heh. Subhead should read State-Run Media Hack Joins State.

Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson is resigning to take a post as a senior State Department adviser, working for John F. Kerry.

Johnson, 50, a 27-year journalism veteran who has covered five presidential elections, said his focus would be on strategic communications.

“This is an unexpected opportunity. All I’ve ever wanted to do — since junior high school — and have done professionally – is be a news reporter. But this chance to serve the country and Secretary Kerry at such a tumultuous time, as well as work in foreign affairs and travel the world, was too compelling an opportunity to pass up,” said Johnson, a native of Andover who now lives in North Andover.

Kerry, the senior senator from Massachusetts, was confirmed Tuesday as secretary of state.

“I think the world of Glen and the path he’s traveled as a shoe leather reporter in the best sense of the word,” Kerry said. “I know it was not an easy decision for him to turn a page after thirty years of journalism for a chapter in public service, but he does so for the same reasons he became a journalist in the first place. He’s not a partisan. He just cares about the quality of our dialogue and he cares about our country and he’ll contribute to both of them. I’ll be lucky to have him at my side in this endeavor.”

Johnson previously worked for the AP. Here’s an example of his non-partisanship.

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