August 29th, 2009
10:21 AM ET
14 years ago

11-year old Kennedy announces for Senate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Ted Kennedy's 11-year-old grandson announced his candidacy for Senate in 2044."]

(CNN) - For the first time in nearly six decades, it seems likely a Kennedy won't be either representing Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, or seeking the office. But one member of the legendary political family is already laying plans to reclaim the seat.

Long-term plans.

He doesn't reside in the state – and won't be constitutionally eligible to run for the office for another 19 years – but on Friday, Sen. Ted Kennedy's 11-year-old grandson announced his candidacy for Senate in 2044.

"I plan to become the senator of Massachusetts when I turn 45," Edward Kennedy III confidently told New England Cable News.

Kennedy's grandfather represented the state in the Senate for 47 years. His great-uncle, President John F. Kennedy, served as senator from Massachusetts from 1953 until he won the White House in 1960.

The younger Kennedy also reflected Friday on the loss of his grandfather. "We should be happy for him that he is with his brothers and sisters in heaven, not sad because he's not with us," he said. "Because when we go to heaven, we'll be with him and it will be one big happy family."

Sen. Ted Kennedy's son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, is the only member of the family currently serving in Congress.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. AB

    Sounds about right - but why wait, just vote him in now, you monarchy-loving chowds.

    August 28, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. abrawill

    It is good to know that Edward Kennedy111 has a vision of heaven and its reality.I hope life goes on with this vision to all of us.

    August 28, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Alfred E. Neumann

    Well, I'll look forward to voting against that precocious jerk when he makes his bid!

    August 28, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Russ H

    Oh God, not another Kennedy.

    August 28, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Deedee

    lol..datz so cute..

    August 28, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Hmm....I'll be in my 70's, but if I live in Mass., heck, I'll vote for him!

    August 28, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Go get 'em sweetie!! Go get 'em!!

    August 28, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Joe

    I think we have had enough of the political families.

    August 28, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. sc

    In the meantime, there's Caroline. She's available.

    August 28, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Seth

    Oh please we have had enough Kennedy's in the White House. Stop it.

    August 28, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    We Democrats start on ours when they are young. Cute story!

    August 28, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Dave in Illinois

    It's a cute story but I wouldn't be surprised if the Democrats in Massachusetts consider anybody else holding it a caretaker until he's old enough to claim the family Senate seat.

    August 28, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Barbara

    What a tribute to this family-yet another generation on the horizon. How proud his grandfather would have been to see this young man out meeting the very people his grandfather fought so hard for!

    August 28, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Gary

    Is his grandson any less liberal than Teddy? He doesn't have to be conservative but at least maybe moderate. When the Democrats put leaders in who are ultra liberal or Republicans put leaders in who are ultra conservative, it seems like it makes it difficult to get good legislation passed.

    August 28, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Samuel

    lol. Good luck son. God bless you

    August 28, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Charlie

    yeah – cause thats what we need.

    August 28, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Andrew

    I'm from Massachusetts, please, no more Kennedys!

    August 28, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Aspen Professor

    Go for it Kid! With any luck at all, there will no longer be a Republican Party sitting around on their dead butt and doing NOTHING.

    August 28, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Ridgeway

    I'm giddy.

    August 28, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Fred

    Well said! If you truly believe in such a goal, work hard for it!

    Be it two years or nineteen years, the country will always be ready for a person who wants to serve it. In the next two decades, just keep in mind: So long as you have the principles and work ethic of the late Senator, you will do the country proud, regardless of political ideologies.

    America needs more citizens to stand up for what's right AND are able to keep a strong sense of openness and bipartisanship.

    August 28, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Gerry

    you go, boy! Ambition to do good is commendable. Keep up the good woek.

    August 28, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Hilary

    I'd vote for him now! He'd probably do a better job than some of them are doing now! Lol.

    August 28, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. Patty

    from the mouths of babes
    I believe him

    August 28, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. AstroTurf This

    There are many wonderful lessons that we could learn from Ted Kennedy. Unfortunately, they used his WAKE to make a political pulpit for heathcare reform. I can't think of anything more tacky that that. Ted Kennedy never became president largely because of his push for nationalized healthcare. It did not happen then...and it will not happen now. The Democrats can try as they might to push this down the American people's throats....whatever they get passed will be reversed. This is not a socialist country and using Ted Kennedy's death is not going to work. They should honor the man without using it as a political talking point. So, so pathetic.

    August 28, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Carl Justus

    May God grant his wish and may he be as persistent to help the poor and those without a voice in government like his uncle.

    August 28, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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