Frank out; Joseph P. Kennedy III in??
With Barney Frank’s departure from the U.S. House, expect a flood of speculation about the parade of pols who want the seat. One of the reasons Frank decided not to run again was his tough 2010 race that he won with 53 percent of the vote and was subjected to a rough negative Republican campaign. And the new Massachusetts congressional districts drawn to accommodate the 2010 U.S. Census carved reliably Democratic New Bedford from the district in which Frank has never lost an election. Frank lost New Bedford but picked up some more suburban communities that tilt more Republican, such as Walpole.
The most intriguing prospect is 30-year old Joseph P. Kennedy III, a prosecutor, who is a graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law School. Yes, he is one of those Kennedys, son of former Congressman Joe Kennedy and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. Joseph P. Kennedy III is known to be thinking about running for office and has gone so far as to speak about it with a well-regarded Democratic political operative who has declined to be identified. Massachusetts Democrats are impressed with this Kennedy’s smarts and work ethic as a prosecutor.
In a multi-candidate scrum, Kennedy’s name recognition and obvious fund-raising cachet would go far.