Kerry urges supporters to vote for Youkilis

July 6, 2010

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Senator John Kerry is throwing his support behind the bid of Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis to become an AL All-Star, again.

The Massachusetts Democrat has sent an e-mail to supporters urging them to cast a ballot for Youkilis in MLB's fan vote to fill the final All-Star roster spot.

Youkilis, before Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay, said Kerry's e-mail was "a pretty nice gesture" and that it's "cool" that there are so many people that love the Red Sox.

New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher responded by sending out a tweet calling on New York celebrities like Donald Trump, Jennifer Lopez, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa to campaign for him.

"John Kerry sent something out," Swisher said before the Yankees played in Oakland on Tuesday night. "We need some New York people to step up. If he's going to do that, we have to get our guys too because we have some pretty powerful people as well."

Youkilis was an All-Star in 2008 and '09. Swisher has never been an All-Star.

Also up for consideration for the final spot are Michael Young (Texas), Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox) and Delmon Young (Minnesota). Voting ends on Thursday.

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