May 20th, 2009
04:06 PM ET
14 years ago

RFK son 'seriously considering' Senate run

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Chris Kennedy, the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, is "seriously considering" a run for the Illinois Senate seat once held by President Obama, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Kasey Madden didn't say when Kennedy will decide whether or not he is going to run.

"He has conducted polling which indicates a strong interest," Madden said. "But there is no timeline for a decision or an announcement."

If he decides to run in 2010, Kennedy could challenge Sen. Roland Burris, the embattled appointee of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Kennedy is currently the president of Merchandise Mart in Chicago. He is the nephew of Sen. Ted Kennedy and former President John F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968 while trying to run for president.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. J.P.

    As impossible as this statement seems, here is the takeaway message of this story: Illinois, get ready for even HIGHER taxes.

    May 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. truth is liberal sort of

    NO MORE Kennedys !!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Obama Victim II

    If he'd wait until Teddy kicks the bucket – he could run from Tax-a-chuesettes and win handily.

    What is it with these Kennedy kids ... they all think because their last name as 2 e's and 2 n's – somehow their gifted politicians???

    May 20, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Run

    I hope he runs. We need more people like the Kennedy's in office.

    May 20, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. T


    May 20, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    Kiss that seat goodbye Burris.

    May 20, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. rachel

    Please no

    May 20, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Mike

    Who? Never heard of him. He's lacking major name id.

    May 20, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Hans Brecker, Albany NY

    Not another kennedy in politics....didn't they make condoms back then???

    May 20, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Great admirer

    I have always admired the Kennedy's and their great ambition to help our country, however, just because they have a Kennedy name does not qualify them to hold a political seat. I am certain they know this as well as anyone. My family has a great political background, however, I would not be great in politics because of a family name.
    All should remember this.

    May 20, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. God help us

    Just another Liberial that will suck the money out of your pocket....

    May 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |

    It's great to hear that Chris Kennedy is considering running for the Illinois Senate seat.

    May 20, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    That's what we need, more Kennedys in Washington. JFK was great, the rest of them stink. Tell you what, if Democrats promise to stop supporting Kennedys, Republicans will stop supporting the Bush family. Deal?

    May 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Bryan

    That's all we need, another Kennedy in Washington.

    May 20, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    oh my God, I'm sick of the Kennedy's already. At least Carolyn didn't run. There's someone who has NO CLUE about much of anything. Talk about running on your name ALONE.

    May 20, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    Another Kennedy with an entitlement mentality. Why don't any of them get a real job?

    May 20, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. In Houston, TX

    Haha...Come on guys! What would congress be without a Kennedy. I say GO FOR IT!! But don't expect a cake walk into office!

    May 20, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. tommy c

    being from Chicago we don't need a Kennedy.
    Let them stay in Boston where they belong.
    Gee I wonder how he got the job???? Oh they own the place!!

    May 20, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |

    Brilliant entry point for him. Burris was a bad appointment. He's got my vote!!!

    May 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Pat F

    Illinois, just say NO to carpet bagging Kennedys!

    May 20, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Big Al

    And he is qualified to be a serious candidate because his name is Kennedy?

    May 20, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. From the Island...

    Nothing like having another Kennedy in the Senate. And, in Illinois, he can rely on CHICAGO POLITICS to get him elected! Perfect political fit!

    May 20, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. MaryanneAZ

    Since when have people been solely concerned about a candidate's name over his positions and ability to do the job? What nonsense on these posts. If Kennedy has a viable chance, then he should run just like any other candidate. His family name is irrelevant to the issue.

    May 20, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |