Senator Dole resigned from the Senate when he ran for President in 1996. Running for President and being a United States Senator are both full time jobs. I guess Senator Kerry does not feel he has to resign because he is never there to vote anyways. Here is his voting record for the past year. Check out the number of 'Not Voting's there are under the Vote column. Staggering. Why can't John Kerry follow the good example of Senator Dole and quit short-changing his constituents and his fellow senators?
Senator Kerry was not AWOL from the Senate this past year, he deserted it.