Ted Kennedy, Jr. rules out 2012 Senate run
February 16th, 2011
10:33 AM ET
12 years ago

Ted Kennedy, Jr. rules out 2012 Senate run

Washington (CNN) - Ted Kennedy, Jr. is forgoing the chance to follow his famous father into the halls of the Senate next year, telling the Connecticut Post he wants to focus on being a dad.

"I've been clear about my desire and my hope to go into public service at some point in my life," the 49-year-old Kennedy told the paper. "The issue is not, do I have the passion or energy, or could I be an effective representative. The issue is my need to lead a balanced life and be a father to my kids."

Kennedy has lived in Connecticut for several years, having attended three schools in the state - Wesleyan, Yale, and the University of Connecticut law school. Democrats immediately floated his name as a potential top notch candidate to vie for the seat being vacated by independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Two Democrats have said they are running – Rep. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Snow

    OH GOOD GRIEF, another kennedy.

    February 16, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. willie floyd

    Sounds like true "family values"-a lot of Reps. could learn something from him-most especially Palin.

    February 16, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Talia

    Thank God. The last thing we need is another Kennedy!

    February 16, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel


    I do NOT want to see a return to the Kennedy dynasty, in our government, just because they are wealthy.

    February 16, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |