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.