JPK may soon be running for congress. Joseph P. Kennedy III, the grandson of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, announced today that he is considering a run for Barney Frank’s congressional seat.
“I am announcing today my intention to explore a candidacy for the United States Congress in the Fourth District of Massachusetts.”
Frank announced that he was retiring earlier this year and that his seat will be vacant come election season. Kennedy also announced earlier this year that he was resigning as a prosecutor in the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.
“My decision to look seriously at elected office is grounded in a deep commitment to public service and my experience — both my own and that of my family — in finding just, practical, and bipartisan solutions to difficult challenges. It is a commitment instilled in me at a young age and one that inspired me to join the Peace Corps after college and to become a prosecutor after law school.’’
In his announcement, Kennedy also took a few swings at Washington, saying that the government is saddling the next generation with “unsustainable debt.”
“Then when it comes time to restoring fiscal sanity to our budget, we see the middle class and the poor take the hit while the wealthy get more tax breaks.”
Reuters reports that Joseph P. Kennedy III is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. His great-uncles are were the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
Kennedy said that he will make his final decision to run for congress soon.
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