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Joseph Kennedy III Congress

January 6, 2012 by staff 

Joseph Kennedy III CongressJoseph Kennedy III Congress, Joseph Kennedy III, a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said Thursday that he is leaving his job as a prosecutor to explore running for Congress as a Democrat in the state’s Fourth District. Kennedy, 31, said he would soon form an exploratory committee, a key step that will allow him to start raising money.

Although Kennedy is a political novice, name recognition will not be a problem: His grandfather was a U.S. senator and attorney general; his father, Joseph Kennedy II, represented the Boston area in Congress from 1987 to 1999; and his great-uncle Edward Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the Senate for decades until his death in 2009.

And, of course, another great-uncle, John F. Kennedy, was president.

Last year was the first since the 1940s that no Kennedy held a federal office, after Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., declined to seek re-election in 2010. Some in Massachusetts Democratic circles have hoped that the young Joseph Kennedy would enter politics, relighting the family torch.

Others have wondered whether a Kennedy candidacy could backfire after Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, won a special election for Edward Kennedy’s seat in 2010 with the slogan that it was “the people’s seat,” not “the Kennedy seat.”

Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and consumer advocate, is challenging Brown in this year’s Senate race.

The House seat that Kennedy is considering has been held by Rep. Barney Frank for 30 years. Frank said in November that he will not seek re-election this year.

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