Author's Reply to Kerry Demand: 'No Retraction'

U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry may have trouble getting a Boston-based publisher to retract portions of a new book that suggest he and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, may have profited in the stock market because of inside information he learned on the job.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt declined comment yesterday when asked about the Massachusetts Democrat's demand for a retraction, which he made in a letter earlier this week.

But "Throw Them All Out" author Peter Schweizer, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, told the Herald in an email yesterday: "No retraction. You cannot retract facts."

Schweizer's book, which has gained a lot of attention and sparked calls for congressional hearings, says several Capitol Hill insiders appear to have benefited from cronyism and inside deals. Schweizer said some of Kerry's investments, which are handled by independent trustees, appeared to coincide with some of his committee actions. Kerry has denied taking advantage of his position in his investments.

A spokesman for Kerry did not return emails seeking comment yesterday. .

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