You have to kind of feel sorry for Republican Sean Bielat, candidate for the 4th Congressional District. It’s not just that he’s running for the House of Representatives in an attempt to replace longtime retiring Representative Barney Frank, it’s who he’s got to run against. The winner of the Democratic primary will have a familiar name: 31-year-old Joseph Kennedy III. That’s right, there’s going to be a new generation of Kennedy in Congress, assuming he wins the election. It’s cute that I have to make that claim; if a Kennedy can’t win in Massachusetts, there’s no sanity in politics anymore.
“I got into this race because I believe this country was built on a simple promise: that each of us deserves a fair shot,” said Kennedy in a statement on Thursday evening. “Nothing extra, nothing excessive — just the chance to make the most out of their own talent and hard work.”
Joseph Kennedy III is the third generation of Kennedy to enter politics, and the first of the third generation of America’s most famous political family. He’s the son of Joseph Kennedy II, who served in Congress from 1987-1999, and the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, the assassinated brother of President John F. Kennedy (who was also assassinated). Kennedy III is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School who served in the Peace Corps, worked as a prosecutor, and helped manage his uncle Ted Kennedy’s last Senate election campaign in 2009.
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