Joe Kennedy won’t run for Senate in Mass.

Looks like there won’t be a Kennedy running for Ted’s old seat. Former Congressman Joe Kennedy opted out today:

Joseph P. Kennedy II announced today that he will not seek the Senate seat held by his uncle, a move likely to end the Kennedy family’s half century of political dominance in Massachusetts and entice several other candidates to jump into the race.

Kennedy posted his decision not to run in the special Senate election on the website of Citizens Energy Corp., the nonprofit he founded to deliver free heating fuel to the poor. The outpouring of grief and appreciation following the death of his uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, moved the former Congressman to naturally “consider getting back involved in public office.”

The Massachusetts Legislature will probably decide in the next week or so whether to amend state law to allow for an interim appointment for the vacant seat until the election on January 19, 2010.

The primary election is scheduled for December 8th. So far, only the Attorney General, Martha Coakley, has announced an intention to run. This move by Joe Kennedy could open the field. Although, the field should have been open anyway. The U.S. Senate is not the British House of Lords. There’s no such thing as a “family” Senate seat.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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2 Responses to “Joe Kennedy won’t run for Senate in Mass.”

  1. lynne says:

    This basically means it’s Coakley’s seat to lose. I don’t know how I feel about that. She’s intelligent and polished, but she is a machine pol through and through. No grassroots progressivism danger here…

    So who will the grassroots politician be? Maybe Rep. Capuano…probably at least him…though the better “progressive” choice would be McGovern. Who might or might not jump in. Another name with a ton of cash on hand is former Rep Meehan (my former Rep) which I will fight against tooth and nail. That guy has pissed me off a few too many times. Interfering machine pol that he is.

    Whoever it it…it’ll likely be split…leaving the field entirely to Coakley. It’d be nice having a woman in the Senate…we’re woefully lacking Congressional females…but ug. Talk about stepping down on the type of politics from Ted Kennedy to her. She is not known for reaching out and being all warm and friendly.

  2. KarenMrsLloydRichards says:

    He was gonna be mau-mau’d as Chavez’s lil’ Yankee Stooge–and he’s chosen to capitulate, jus’ like all Dems do.

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