06/20/2018 06:51 AM EDT

By Lauren Dezenski ([email protected]; @LaurenDezenski) with Brent D. Griffiths ([email protected]; @BrentGriffiths)

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: KERRY’S FUNDRAISING APPEAL FOR SETTI — Setti Warren may have ended his gubernatorial bid, but pieces of his campaign are still humming behind the scenes as Setti tries to knock down the campaign’s lingering deficit of roughly $25,000 before closing his campaign account.

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Now, former Secretary of State John Kerry has been enlisted in the effort to bring in funds to help cover Setti’s campaign deficit via an appeal being blasted to an email list of just shy of 25,000 people.

“Political campaigns today cost too much money,” Kerry’s writes in the email appeal going out later this morning. “Setti’s campaign for governor ended with some expenses that remain to be paid. I am writing today to ask you to join me in making a donation to help clear the final obligations of his campaign. … I know Setti’s going to stay in this fight—his calling to public service remains as strong now as it was when he decided to run for Governor—and I want to make sure he isn’t ever held back by the obligations he amassed in this campaign. We all want that for Setti.”

The former senator also notes his own political defeats: “Twice in my political life, I came up short in an election: 1972 and 2004. Both times, I got up, dusted myself off, and went back to work for the issues that mattered to me. … But I didn’t do it alone. I had friends who sustained me. In 1972, after I lost a race for Congress, I had a debt to retire. Friends came in and helped when they could have easily walked away. After

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