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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:12 AM

Ted Kennedy Jr. Mulling Massachusetts Senate Bid

Source: TPM




DAVID TAINTOR 6:19 PM EST, SATURDAY DECEMBER 22, 2012

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy told the Associated Press Saturday that his brother, Ted Kennedy Jr., is considering running for Senate in Massachusetts if Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is confirmed as the next Secretary of State.

From the AP:

Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press that his 51-year-old brother has been receiving calls from their late fatherís former colleagues and friends, including former Connecticut Gov. Lowell Weicker Jr., urging him to consider running in the anticipated special election.

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link to the AP article:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/12/22/conn-based-kennedy-considering-mass-senate-run/yUXFX4im1MbpQV8J516iXP/story.html

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Reply Ted Kennedy Jr. Mulling Massachusetts Senate Bid (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
efhmc Dec 2012 #1
cstanleytech Dec 2012 #9
MADem Dec 2012 #2
Coyotl Dec 2012 #3
Auntie Bush Dec 2012 #4
frazzled Dec 2012 #5
FailureToCommunicate Dec 2012 #10
Kingofalldems Dec 2012 #6
Mass Dec 2012 #7
Shankapotomus Dec 2012 #8
Bucky Dec 2012 #11

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:28 AM

1. This might be the answer to a tricky situation.

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Response to efhmc (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:48 PM

9. Well either him or Joe Kennedy.

Sure it means the loss of one congressional seat for the dems if Joe is appointed but to be honest I would rather they lose one congressional seat over a senate seat atm.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:36 AM

2. I heard this rumor on Friday--I hope it is true. It would make it all so much easier.

He has digs here--he's more of a resident than rMoney was when he was paying a Homestead Exemption tax rate on his ski mansion in Utah while running for governor....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:45 AM

3. This was probably a LOCK before the Kerry announcement.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:07 AM

4. Run Teddy run ..... Win Teddy win.

:hop:

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:38 PM

5. If he decides to run, I will be almost glad that the position is being vacated

I am not a fan of political dynasties. But the Kennedys are perhaps a different story. Three brothers dead whose work was never finished, one who endured and did so much, if at times his path was not entirely a straight and easy one. It seems as if the work of that family is not really finished.

I recall vividly Ted Jr.'s speech at his father's funeral several years ago. He was eloquent, he was touching, he expressed the family's commitment to service and justice with incredible grace and a sense of commitment. He made me cry with the story of his father helping him walk up the hill in the snow after he lost his leg, as a boy, to bone cancer. He has the kind of Kennedy mystique and icompassion and ideals, it would seem, that many of his generation of the family really have not conveyed as eloquently.

He has worked behind the scenes on disability issues, something that would be much valued in the Senate, and in his role in the financial world, has focused on health care, like his father. That he has not sought public office before is probably a plus (for me at least): this isn't a member of the dynasty that jumped in just to keep the name going.

I'd be all for Ted Kennedy, Jr. ... at least from what I've seen at this moment. Watch his speech below. He seems like a natural communicator and a standard-bearer for his father's ideals.



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Response to frazzled (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:50 PM

10. Powerful eulogy. Thanks for the reminder.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:44 PM

6. Internet republicans not liking this one

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:54 PM

7. Why? I would prefer he did not,.

He does not live in MA, though he has a house there. He has never shown a great interest in progressive causes. He is an investment banker. He opposes Cape Wind. So, why exactly should we be excited about him running.

I just hope Dems will not decide that we have to support him and ignore all the progressives that have worked for the state.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:07 PM

8. Not sure about him running in a state he doesn't live in but

Dems could certainly use him in some capacity. He is a good speaker and would make a great representative of the disadvantage.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:32 AM

11. Define "mulling"

He sounds so Solomonic

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