Kerry rankled many top party officials by failing to consult them before word leaked of his plan. Several close friends said Kennedy (D-Mass.), a prime mover in landing the convention for Boston, was peeved at the Kerry camp.(Funny. The Globe found such people all over the place. Look harder.)
Kennedy privately mocked Kerry at a party fund-raising event this week for failing to consult him, pretending to take orders from the junior senator over the phone, sources said.
The senior senator, pretending to be on a telephone with Kerry, said, ``Yes, John. Whatever you say, John,'' according to one eyewitness at the Massachusetts Democratic Party event.
``People are kicking the (expletive) out of Kerry over this,'' said one prominent Democratic lawmaker. ``I can't find anybody who thinks this is a good idea.''
One Democratic source said, ``There's a lot of confusion internally, inside the campaign over this,'' and noted Kerry is still weighing alternatives such as a massive fund-raising blitz by state, local and national party groups to boost the senator's campaign. "