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Joseph Patrick Kennedy III

You just cannot hold a good family back.  Way back in 2008 there was much weeping and wailing, and gnashing of teeth that after 68 years the country was suddenly bereft of the wise words and council of having a Kennedy in either the House or the Senate telling everybody how.  Then, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II was retiring from the House of Representatives.  And you can see what happened after that.  Kennedy-less the world has gone to hell in a handcart.

But it’s all right now, the teeth are back!  We are all to be saved, as it has been announced that Joseph Patrick Kennedy III, son of Representative Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, the grandson of Attorney General, Senator Robert F Kennedy, great nephew of Senator Teddy Kennedy and great nephew of President Kennedy and poster child of this oligarch family is forming a committee to test the water to see if he will take a run at the seat of Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass) when he goes later this year after 16 terms of office.

A law graduate, JPK III has never held elected office before but has done voluntary work in the Dominican Republic and presently works as an Assistant Dist Attorney for Middlesex District Attorney Office.  A spell in Latin America will doubtless have done the young man a power of good, showing him other parts of the world where the same families keep running the country.

At the age of 31 he is following a classic path in the cursus honorum of American Political life.  He has made a little declaration of intent “my decision to look seriously at elected office is grounded in a deep commitment to public service and my experience – both my own and my family – for finding just practical and bipartisan solutions to difficult challenges”.

As always, a Kennedy in any political race divides opinion like no other and the web is full of impassioned comments for and against.  If nothing else it will be a real lively show.

Another member of the families in power as I grew up the Nixons, the Eisenhowers, the Kennedys, the Carters, the Bushes takes his first steps forward to power.

Copyright David Macadam 2012

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