[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/07/art.joekennedy.gi.jpg caption="Joe Kennedy has decided not to enter the fight to succeed his uncle Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate."]
(CNN) — Joe Kennedy has decided not to enter the fight to succeed his uncle Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate.
"Given all that my uncle accomplished, it was only natural to consider getting back involved in public office, and I appreciate all the calls of support and friendship that have poured in," the former Democratic congressman said in a statement released Monday.
"My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office. After much consideration, I have decided that the best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corporation."
Massachusetts voters head to the polls in January to choose a successor for Ted Kennedy.