March 1st, 2010
11:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Joe Kennedy III won't run for Congress

Joseph Kennedy III said Monday that he would not run for statewide office in 2010.
Joseph Kennedy III said Monday that he would not run for statewide office in 2010.

(CNN) – Joseph P. Kennedy III, the 29 year-old grandson of Robert Kennedy, has closed the door on a potential 2010 congressional bid, the latest member of the Kennedy family to forgo a bid for state-wide office.

Kennedy, whose father Joseph P. Kennedy II, was a six-term Congressman from Massachusetts, had been widely floated as a possible replacement to current Rep. Bill Delahunt, should Delahunt decide to retire.

Speaking to the Boston Globe, Kennedy, a recent Harvard Law School graduate, said he enjoys his current post as assistant district attorney covering the state's Cape Cod region.

"I think that we've got a great congressman. He continues to serve the people of the 10th District well," he said. "I'm a longtime supporter of his, and I hope he runs again."

But Kennedy is not ruling out a future run for Congress.

"Elective office and public service are obviously something that have long ties with my family, and something I'm definitely interested in. Right now, I've got a job I love, and hope to get better at," he said.

Kennedy's father considered, but ultimately ruled against, running late last year for the Senate seat that opened due to the death of late Sen. Ted Kennedy. That seat was ultimately captured by Republican Scott Brown.

Delahunt, 68, has yet to decide on whether he will mount a reelection bid.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Smart kid. Now is not the time to be running as a democrat.

    March 1, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. How To Bankrupt The Nation-Put Dems On It

    Good , another socialist Kennedy gone.

    March 1, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Angus McDugan

    Thank goodness!!!!! The last thing this great country needs is another Kenneyd holding a political office.

    March 1, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It seems weird NOT to have a Kennedy in gov't. However, for those that aspire to carry out their duties for the enrichment of their constituency, not themselves, it is a taxing and self-sacrificing committment. The Kennedys did a fine job as civil servants.

    March 1, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Brad

    With all respect to the legacy of the Kennedy family. It's time for them to bow out of politics and let some new blood enter the scene.

    March 1, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    Good. The LAST thing this country needs is another Kennedy.

    March 1, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Just because Joe is a KENNEDY, does not mean he MUST run!!! They are still mourning the lost of Ted Kennedy and maybe want a BREAK from always "running" for something because it is expected.

    Brown was a BLOW and I still cannot believe MA elected him. BUT, in the long run, I think BROWN is going to do well because his beliefs ARE NOT far right and his core values are more what democrats could believe in.

    March 1, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. bostondan

    Maybe the "Kennedy Magic" has finally gone away. Perhaps this generation of voters are not blinded by the Kennedy "legacy" and PR machine and won't automatically vote for the person with the "K name". Maybe this is why this guy doesn't want to run. I hope so.

    March 1, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |