May 15th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
5 years ago

A Kennedy weighs in on Virginia governors race

Kennedy is backing Moran.
Kennedy is backing Moran.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A member of the Kennedy clan is making an endorsement in the Virginia governor's race.

Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the son of Sen. Ted Kennedy, announced on Friday that he's backing Democrat Brian Moran.

"Last November, families in Virginia and across the nation helped usher in a new generation of leadership," Kennedy said in a statement. "However, the need for this new generation of leaders is not confined to Washington and the White House."

It's another example - after Ted and Caroline Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008 - of the Kennedy family keeping its political distance from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Moran's rival for the Democratic nomination, after all, is longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe. The former president has been campaigning for McAuliffe throughout the commonwealth this week.

With low turnout expected in the June 9 primary, each campaign hopes that these brand name endorsements will help them win the support of the Democratic loyalists likely to go to the polls on election day.

Moran and McAuliffe are competing against Democrat Creigh Deeds for their party's nomination. The winner of that primary will face Republican Bob McDonnell in the general election.

The endorsement is not the only Kennedy boost Moran is getting: Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy, is hosting a fundraiser for Moran on May 27 at her home, Hickory Hill in McLean.


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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Glennis

    If Patrick Kennedy wasn't Ted's son and a member of a family that has it's own worshippers, he couldn't have been elected as dog catcher. His opinion on anything is worth less than nothing.

    May 15, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. RI Moderate

    Chuck – thanks -it's too funny a line to pass up...

    May 15, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    Now we need to her from Nixon's nephew, Carter's manicurist, Reagan's produce guy, Jeb Bush, Chelsea Clinton and Malia Obama just to make sure we are getting a well-rounded opinion from people in the know.

    May 15, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. David

    Wow, slow day. Nobody really cares who this guy is endorsing.

    May 15, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. SEL

    In your efforts to be sensationalists instead if journalists, you neglect to mention that Robert Kennedy endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, as did his sister, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Robert Kennedy and the Clintons also all support Kirtstin Gillibrand. Nor is there any evidence whatsoever that the Clintons would not have supported Caroline Kennedy had she been chosen to replace Hillary. (After all, Jackie loved Hillary.)
    Not every political battle is about Clintons vs. Kennedys. Bill Clinton has been friends with Terry McAuliffe for a long time. I don't know what Moran's connection is to the Kennedys but I'll bet he has one. Friends do things for friends.
    Now grow up.

    May 15, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. bill sullivan

    Now here is a poster boy for TERM LIMITS, vote them all out in next round of elections people, we will all be better off.

    May 15, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    @ MatthewDetroit

    "Where is the nice story about Nancy Pelosi the LIAR."

    Filed under "red herring."

    "She lies and her entire face crinkles. Sorry her face crinkles all the time."

    No it doesn't...it's pulled too tight and the botox has eradicated her facial nerves.

    "She lied about knowing the California Congresswoman who lied about trying to cut a special deal with the Attorney General and she is lying about this."

    Please to be making with the facts and evidence? Oh that's right...when you're a GOPer, you don't need them...all you need is "faith" in the truth of everything coming out of the mouths of the high priests of your party.

    "She should step down."

    On Gingrich's face.

    May 15, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    @ Fair is Fair, who said "The speaker of the house, 3rd in line to the presidency, is embroiled in a scandal"

    Let's make tha a bit more accurate: The Speaker of the House, 3rd in line to the Presidency, is embroiled in a scandal the GOP is attempting to fabricate in order to divert attention from the actual criminals, Bush, Cheney, et al., because they haven't yet realized that nobody gives a flying poke at a rolling donut what Stoneface knew about something she had no control over.

    May 15, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit – all I'm saying is that if America is going to put it's dirty laundry in the store window for everyone to look at, then ALL the laundry needs to be put out – not just that which was worn on the left side of the aisle or the right side od the aisle. There's plenty of blame to go around for this and every other problem facing our country now.

    May 15, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. arithmetic is liberal

    Oh wow... is this another attempt to create some kind of manufactured rivalry of the Kennedy and the Clintons? Geez, CNN; I thought you exited that sensationalist cul-de-sac after the Democratic primary...

    May 15, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Mark

    What a dim bulb!

    May 15, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. elliott

    Big deal....this is news how...?

    May 15, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    Who will the evil libs of Northern Virginia pick?

    Let us hope that the good people in the rest of the state defeat the hateful, dishonest, mean, selfish, evil libs of the Northern part, if you have ever had to deal with them before then you know that these libs in the North-East are the worst human beings in this nation. They raise their kids to be full of hate, never think of anyone but themselves, encourage their kids to lie and curse, and talk about how they are oh so green as they throw trash out of their car onto the highways, in other words they hand down their liberal so called values.

    May 15, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Mike

    Hard to believe, anyone would listen to much less vote for a kennedy.

    May 15, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ Fair is Fair, who said "There's plenty of blame to go around for this and every other problem facing our country now."

    I don't disagree there. What I disagree with is GOPers pretending that torture is justified if it "works" but then claiming that Mama Nip-n-Tuck did something wrong by getting told about it. You can't have it both ways and the inherent hypocrisy of this "scandal" only highlights its superficial nature.

    As for a reality check, no matter who you are or whether you agree with him or not, if the currently sitting POTUS (i.e., Bush at the time) tells you to keep something secret as a matter of national security you do NOT reveal it or you get charged with treason. If she lied about knowing, it's a small infraction for which she should be merely scolded considering her inability to do ANYTHING about it happening. The hyperbole in which the GOP is engaged is another part of this that bespeaks their effort to distract.

    May 15, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Cliff

    I continue to be amazed at the Dems fascination with the name Kennedy. Because of their "name" Dems just automatically ASSUME they will make a good politician. Can you say....TEDDY?
    Both parties need to get rid of "families" and get folks who actually want to do the RIGHT thing in getting America back on track.
    Three suggestions.
    Get rid of all "family lineage" in Congress
    Stop entitlements
    Get rid of the U.N.
    Now, if we do those things we can start rebuilding our once great Land!
    Cliff

    May 15, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter

    Doug, New Jersey, you crack me up. No wisecracks about the evil liberals' driving skills this time around? Have a nice day!

    May 15, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. arithmetic is liberal

    Doug, New Jersey May 15th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

    Who will the evil libs of Northern Virginia pick?

    Let us hope that the good people in the rest of the state defeat the hateful, dishonest, mean, selfish, evil libs of the Northern part, if you have ever had to deal with them before then you know that these libs in the North-East are the worst human beings in this nation.

    With the way you talk about people, Doug, I strongly doubt you've actually met a liberal. Or a human, for that matter. Go crawl back under your rock with the rest of the salamanders until you have something nice to say.

    May 15, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. KirksNoseHair

    Um, those of you pontificating about this kids problems with Drugs and Alcohol should maybe think about the fact that the American Medical Association classifies addiction as a disease. It's not a moral issue. And it's not a personal weakness, it's an illness. Do you bash people for having cancer too? The blind ignorance of partisan knee-jerk hatred on this website is sometimes an ugly thing to behold.

    May 15, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ arithmetic is liberal

    They're after copycatting you too. It's a testament to the sense we make.

    May 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. arithmetic is liberal

    Cliff May 15th, 2009 12:55 pm ET

    I continue to be amazed at the Dems fascination with the name Kennedy. Because of their "name" Dems just automatically ASSUME they will make a good politician. Can you say….TEDDY?

    Ted Kennedy has been a stupendous politician. He has stood up for average Americans at every turn. We need more Senators LIKE Ted Kennedy, but not nescessarily another Kennedy.

    Which Dems have you talked to that would give you that impression anyway? I know a lot of people who are star struck by celebrities, be they movie stars or politicians, but it runs in a pretty broad swath across all peoples and ideologies.

    May 15, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Larry

    Why not,the goal of the Dems is to destroy our country from with in-–and they are accomplishing it .

    May 15, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Proud Member..Party of No

    The whole Kennedy family just needs to go away......we've had enough of their lies, deceit and crimes.

    May 15, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Randolph Carter

    Alright, now I'm confused. Which one is the real Sniffit and which one is the evil twin? Have a nice day!

    May 15, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. spencer blair

    One drunk Irishman endorses another. Not news.

    May 15, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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