New Kennedy May Reclaim Massachusetts for Dems

Joseph III exploring a run for Congress
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 12:28 PM CST
New Kennedy May Reclaim Massachusetts for Dems
Joseph P. Kennedy III in a 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Capitol Hill has been without a Kennedy a full year now after a six-decade run, but that has a decent chance of changing in September: Joseph P. Kennedy III is formally "exploring" a run for Barney Frank's House seat. "A hail and hearty 31, JPK3 has got the smile, the jawline, the shoulders," writes Michelle Cottle at the Daily Beast. "(Although, good Lord, could that hair be any brighter orange?)" He's also a decent orator, and has a Harvard Law degree and experience as an assistant DA under his belt.

This race, though, is about more than recharging the Kennedy dynasty, writes Cottle: It's part of what could be a comeback year for Democrats in Massachusetts. They're still smarting over losing a Senate seat to Scott Brown, but Elizabeth Warren offers a chance to correct that. "This year offers a shot at redemption, if only Dems can fire up their voters. And what better way to do so than with a Kennedy on the ticket?" Maybe, but a skeptical Peter Gelzinis at the Boston Herald warns that plenty of "Kennedy fatigue" still exists in the state. (Read more Joseph P. Kennedy III stories.)

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