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Frank out; Joseph P. Kennedy III in??

November 28, 2011

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.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    November 28, 2011 9:23 pm

    Barnstable County where he is a prosecutor isn’t even in this district.

  2. tim1999 permalink
    November 28, 2011 10:11 pm

    Barney Frank is a wretched human being. Anyone will be a major upgrade.

  3. Mike permalink
    November 29, 2011 7:23 am

    Good Lord, can we stop with the legacy politicians? Enough of this.

  4. Mike permalink
    November 29, 2011 7:27 am

    Hopefully the District where I lived for many years will elect Sean Bielat, a brilliant
    Marine Corps officer and businessman in high tech who has actually done something of worth in his young life. The District deserves someone of actual character and integrity. What a disgrace he has been in Congress; yes, he did fairly well on constituent services but intellect does NOT trump character. He has lied on multiple occasions and I will never forget his utter disdain for those who dared to disagree with him in a public forum. Good riddance.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      November 29, 2011 8:07 pm

      LOL…Bielat has compared gay people to short people in the recent past. He’s not a serious person at all.

      BTW, this Kennedy took a position in Middlesex County MA, which is part of the MA 4th Congressional District.

  5. December 5, 2011 10:23 pm

    I guess it’s time for another Kennedy to be in office, none there now since Patrick left.

    what about that Mark Shriver kid who gets on MSNBC sometimes, and I think is doing his morher’s work with Special Olympics ?

    He lives in or around D.C.–will he run for office soon ?

  6. Maureen Kazarian permalink
    May 9, 2012 7:53 pm

    The Kennedy’s have always made sure Massachusetts was taken care of. If he needs any help. I’m your man. Maureen jazarian


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