Another Kennedy to Congress?
January 5th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
10 years ago

Another Kennedy to Congress?

(CNN) - Another member of the Kennedy clan may be headed to Congress.

Joseph P. Kennedy III, son of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, announced his plans Thursday to explore a run for the 4th congressional district in Massachusetts, soon to be vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.

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The 31-year-old Democrat said he has issued his resignation as Middlesex County, Massachusetts prosecutor and will announce his intentions in the coming weeks.

"My decision to look seriously at elected office is grounded in a deep commitment to public service and my experience – both my own and that of my family – in finding just, practical, and bipartisan solutions to difficult challenges," Kennedy said in a statement. "It is a commitment instilled in me at a young age and one that inspired me."

Kennedy, the grandson of former senator and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and grandnephew of former President John F. Kennedy, served in the Peace Corps after college before attending Harvard Law School and working as a prosecutor.

He said he will spend the next weeks talking to residents of the Southern Massachusetts district, adding that Americans deserve better than the "lack of common sense and fairness in Washington."

"Americans are better than that. Each and every day, we work with people of different backgrounds and political views to achieve a common purpose. Washington can and should do the same," he said.

The political family held at least one seat in Congress for 64 years, until Patrick Kennedy decided against a reelection bid for his Rhode Island congressional seat in 2010.

- CNN's Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    There should be a law against letting this family continue to breed.

    January 5, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. bear

    Best of luck you are well qualified to fill Mr, Frank's Seat.

    January 5, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. JerseyBill

    Not another one!

    January 5, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    I wish more Kennedy and Clintons enter the race. Republican can’t stand those two names

    January 5, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Bee

    Great news! He can gain experience in the House and prepare to run for the Presidency in about 15-20 years.

    January 5, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Obayashi

    America needs good men in the House as legislators. Go JPK III

    January 5, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. JudgeSmails

    They just do not quit do they? Start the clock on how long before the pratfall

    January 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    This is the result of breeding Howdy Doody with Opie from Mayberry.

    January 5, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. diridi

    we welcome aboard.....god bless a strong person for the good of the Middle Class. It is messed by Republicans...

    January 5, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Greg Kells

    Personally I would vote against him just for being a Kennedy. We fought a war to get rid of royalty. I also happen to think his families political history is greatly over estimated. If JFK hadn't been shot, he wouldn't have been remembered as a great President. Many have romanticized his legacy. The biggest legacy he left behind in my opinion was the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the stream of casualties that flowed out of Vietnam after that. Somehow his family has turn his short and relatively unsuccessful term as President into a "get into Congress free card". I don't buy it. If this young man wants to be taken seriously, he should change his name and run on his own merit. Not the questionable legacy of his family.

    January 5, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. fred ca

    Let's see...they have given us philanderer's, drug addicts, wife abusers, drunks, brothers who abused the IRS and FBI to get at those who didn't toe the line and one who should have been, at the least, prosecuted for manslaughter. Can't wait to see what's next.

    January 5, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. heavyhorse

    Mass. without a Kennedy in congress is just not right ... go for it

    January 5, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Dean Genes

    GREAT! He has my vote for PRESIDENT!!!!!

    January 5, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Right-wingeers can start the hateful comments now...

    January 5, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. We ALL Know, Mami


    January 5, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    I know that there will be a host of comments here railing against another Kennedy in politics, but I have no problem with it. It sounds like he has a true calling to serve. He seems pretty intelligent. He's a former prosecutor, so it's not like they can call him soft on crime. And he sounds like he would inject a bit of common sense.
    But, then, I've always been a Kennedy Democrat, since the days of JFK, so maybe I'm biased.

    January 5, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Welcome aboard, lad. Watch that first step. The enemy has recently found a new fetish, tossing stumbling blocks into your path.

    January 5, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. stars

    It will be good to have a Kenedy in the white house again.

    January 5, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Jim , Va.

    Hasn't America had enough of the Kennedy's mouching off the American taxpayer.

    January 5, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |