Betty on the News: Joe Kennedy Won’t Seek Uncle Ted’s Senate Seat
Despite rumors, former congressman Joe Kennedy II is a no-go to replace his uncle in the Senate
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Despite heavy speculation that he would, Former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II announced on Monday that he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by his late uncle, Edward M. Kennedy, who died on August 25th after having lost his life to brain cancer.
The eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy stated that continuing his work as president of the nonprofit Citizens Energy Corp. was the best way he could contribute to the causes his uncle so deeply cared about, namely housing, fair wages, and health care.
“My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office,” the 56-year-old Kennedy said.
His refusal to run, however, now leaves the race for the Senate seat wide-open, as several Massachusetts congressmen, including Reps. Michael Capuano, Edward J. Markey and John Tierney, had previously stated they would not run against a Kennedy. (Huffington Post)