John Kerry's Familial Likeness Precedes Him At State
The other Kerry is a low-profile staffer at the U.S. Mission to the U.N.
Senator John Kerry will have nearly 50,000 employees if he is confirmed as Secretary of State as expected next month, and one of them will bear him a particular resemblance.
That’s his sister older sister, Peggy, a longtime federal employee who occupies a modest but visible post as a liaison to non-governmental organizations in the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. Political appointees to the mission have long done a double-take to find that their link to, for example, the Rainforest Alliance, has the stature, patrician tones, and distinctive facial features that also belong to the longtime Senator from Massachusetts.
Peggy Kerry, who is also deeply involved in hyperlocal Greenwich Village politics, has long put those political appointees slightly ill-at-ease: Democrats have wondered whether she’s a spy for the Chairman of the Committee Foreign Relations; aides to John Bolton suspected she was a spy for her brother’s presidential campaign.
But Kerry is, by all accounts, in fact a devoted civil servant and local Democratic activist with none of her brother’s grandiosity. Her life has been a kind of counterpoint to his: she’s a deeply engaged political fixture in New York and government worker, who lacks her younger brother's ambitions for stardom. (She declined to be interviewed for this article.)