Kennedy makes House bid official
February 16th, 2012
08:36 AM ET
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Kennedy makes House bid official

(CNN) – Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III officially announced his Congressional bid Thursday to replace retiring Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

Kennedy, son of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, used a video on his campaign website to lay out his platform, detail his credentials and play up his last name, ahead of the Democratic primary in the state's 4th Congressional district.

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"My family has had the great privilege of serving Massachusetts before. They taught me that public service is an honor given in trust and that trust must be earned each and every day," Kennedy said in the over two minute video. "That is exactly what I intend to do."

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 and assistant district attorney in Massachusetts. The 31-year-old stepped down from his DA post in early January when he announced plans to explore a run.

Frank, a high-ranking member of House Financial Services Committee, represented the heavily Democratic district for 16 terms. In a nod to the prominent representative, Kennedy said "he leaves very big shoes to fill."

"You can always count on me to fight for small businesses, seniors, veterans and for you to make sure you get the constituent service you've come to expect," he said.

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

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. cptpooppants

    R u crazy? Do you know what happens to your family in politics?? lol

    February 16, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They taught me that public service is an honor given in trust and that trust must be earned each and every day," Kennedy said in the over two minute video.
    The Kennedys were always VERY civic-minded. They worked FOR their country, as opposed to working their country for their advantage.
    I wish you success Joe.
    Obama 2012.

    February 16, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. malabar

    Dems are such sheep. a kennedy, what a surprise. and dems accuse repubs of wanting a return to the past, keeping the status quo hahaha! but, but, he is a KENNEDY! KNEEL! BOW! hahaha

    February 16, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. diridi

    Do we need to vote because he is rich? I advise, you young man, If you selflessly come to serve the nation, without expecting people like, JFK did, you can do it. If you ruin this nation just like Reagan, Bush, you are no near to the good. God bless. I still like Kennedy family, because they are honest.

    February 16, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. insight iowa

    Politics run through their blood... I'm so thankful he is on the side of the middle class and poor. This may be a good year after all.

    Republican voting straight Democratic Ticket 2012.

    February 16, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. bear

    Best of luck,congress needs more people with the type of integrity your great is known for.

    February 16, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Tyler Durden

    The Kennedy family has sacraficed too much for this country.

    February 16, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. gt

    anybody has to be better than barney

    February 16, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Taylor

    We need some young blood .............good deal...hope much success.

    February 16, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |