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Ear to the Ground

Another Kennedy Mulls a Run for Congress

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Posted on Jan 5, 2012
AP / Elise Amendola

Joseph P. Kennedy III attends a campaign event for Martha Coakley in Medford, Mass., in January 2010. Coakley was defeated in her run for the late Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat. 

Rep. Barney Frank may be leaving the Capitol soon, but a member of the nation’s most famous political clan could succeed him in the House of Representatives. Enter Joseph Kennedy III, stage left.

At just 31, the young Kennedy has already done his obligatory Peace Corps shift and has worked for a DA in his home state of Massachusetts. On Thursday, he announced that he is forming an exploratory committee to make the final call about running to replace Frank. —KA

The Boston Globe:

The entrance of the son of former US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II and the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy would mark the first return of the Kennedy family into Massachusetts electoral politics since the death of patriarch, US Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in 2009.

“My decision to look seriously at elected office is grounded in a deep commitment to public service and my experience—both my own and that of my family—in finding just, practical, and bipartisan solutions to difficult challenges,’’ Kennedy said in the statement.

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By Karen, January 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment
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Re: “American meritocracy strikes again with yet another birthright position.”

It’s not a birthright position. Joe Kennedy will have to present his case just like any other candidate and then the voters will decide. Now stop yer GOP whining!

Go Joe! I know you will win. America needs you.

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By john crandell, January 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

Five years hence, the centenary of the birth of JFK, we are now being told,
secret files will be released by the federal government as well as by the
Kennedy Library. This release will be various hidden or secret information
regards the assassination in Dallas. Who knows exactly how full a release it will
prove to be. One suspects that we will then begin to understand the
extraordinary agony the red haired thirty one year old’s grandfather
experienced in the wake of the killing of the leader of the free world.

A highly secret effort began in the early spring of 1963. Even Robert MacNamara didn’t know a clue of it. Over the course of the following seven months, Jack and Bobby walked themselves right into a box canyon. RFK had been in charge of the
effort, inadvertently engineered JFK’s death. If you’re curious; seek and ye shall
find.

Consider all of the literary and artistic efforts produced during these past forty
eight years. Just wait; there is so much more to come. Ethel: she’s got it all
down. If she were willing and could find the right collaborator, they could
produce THE memoir of the modern age. I mean - she ought to really let loose
and give the inside scoop on the entire clan. Every major publisher in
Manhattan would proffer half of Fort Knox to try and land the job.

Gore Vidal once compared the Kennedy clan and the Roosevelts, belittled the
Kennedys in light of the accomplishments and avid admiration for TR in TR’s era. Wrong, wrong,
wrong and believe me, I hold nothing against GV.

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By gerard, January 7, 2012 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

For all you nay-sayers:  WE COULD DO WORSE—AND
                              HAVE!

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By Blueokie, January 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

American meritocracy strikes again with yet another birthright position.  On the brighter side, if this doesn’t work out for him he can always get a job as a correspondent with NBC News.

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By mrfreeze, January 6, 2012 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

I’d rather have a Kennedy watching my back in a good bar fight any day over a Romney…......ouch is that a knife in my back…....

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By Leefeller, January 6, 2012 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

I have a lot more respect for politicians who pull themselves up from their boot straps like the Bush family! What the hell is this about people running on namesake only?

Well, this Kennedy served in the peace corps; which is a hell of a lot more than most of the 99 percent have done! Maybe he has compassion and now we get to hear the Tea Bags whine about the Pope running Congress while we still have to listen to Sanatorium the peoples nightmare!

Grooming people for politics seems to be something the Bush and Kennedy family do, except the Kennedy’s usually seem to have a hell of a lot more smarts to work with. Well lets see if compassion for the populous is part of this Kennedy’s make up.

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By john crandell, January 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment

Wags want to know: does Bobby’s grandson also sound like Bugs Bunny? (hey, I’m just paraphrasing JFK here…..)

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By Robespierre115, January 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment

The Kennedys are overrated.

JFK was a warmonger who began secret bombings of Vietnam, waged a brutal terrorist war against Cuba, spread modern counterinsurgency doctrine in Latin America and plotted the fascist coup in Brazil that set the standard for military coups in the region etc. Some of the younger Kennedys have done some decent projects, but overall it’s all myth.

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By gemoses, January 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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Will anyone in this family of liberal cockroaches ever get a real job and actually produce something? What a perfect transition from the incompetent and corrupt Barney Frank! MA may deserve what they elect but the rest of us don’t.

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By Dusty, January 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment
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Why can’t you vote for someone intelligent and has some experience. Why vote for the name?????


Simply amazing. No wonder the USA is going downhill fast.  Why not just elect the Kennedy’s as your congressmen for life?  Why bother having elections if you aren’t going to be thoughtful about your selections??

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By Bobi6, January 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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Along with Elizabeth Warren in the Senate and Joseph Kennedy in the House
we will increase our fighting change to be a great country again.

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By kerryrose, January 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

Wow, handsome like all the Kennedy’s.

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By gerard, January 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

Go for it!

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