Kerry's wife spices up bid
The Boston Herald - by, Andrew Miga - August 31, 2003
Teresa Heinz Kerry, stepping back into the spotlight after a low-key summer, will soon boost her profile on the presidential campaign trail with appearances for her husband in key states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.
The outspoken comments by the wealthy wife of Sen. John F. Kerry on matters ranging from marital fidelity and prenuptial agreements to Botox cosmetic treatments generated headlines last spring during a round of media interviews.
She was less visible in the media during the summer months, however.
Kerry has complained that the media has unfairly portrayed his wealthy wife as a "loose cannon'' whose freewheeling ways could undermine his candidacy.
Kerry advisers contend her brash, independent-minded personality will be a campaign asset - a dose of Sen. John McCain-style authenticity that will play well with jaded voters turned off by slick campaign messages.
"She is her own person and voters tend to like people who speak their minds with no holds barred,'' said one Kerry adviser. "She is an asset.''
Heinz Kerry plans to appear at a string of fund-raising events on behalf of her husband, campaign sources said, and will speak before small groups of voters in grassroots-style events over the next two months.
She will accompany her husband on his campaign plane this week as he formally launches his presidential bid in South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire and Boston.
She will also travel to New Mexico for the first presidential debate to be held Thursday in Albuquerque. Next weekend she will host a major fund-raising event for high-end Kerry fund-raisers at her Brant Point, Nantucket home.