On Tuesday, a young ambitious Joseph Kennedy III announced his bid for Congress with a message that appeals to Americans across the nation. Age 31, Joseph is a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, and wants to show Americans he is able to live up to his family name and the job’s responsibilities.
It’s not going to be an easy task for Joseph Kennedy to win his first bid for a Congress seat. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. His take on today’s relationship between the government and American people seems to be fair enough. But apart from the popularity the name will bring, Joseph Kennedy needs to convince people he is able to fill in the shoes of the retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
“I believe this country was founded on a simple idea: that every person deserves to be treated fairly, by each other and by their government, but that’s not happening in America anymore”, he said in a late Wednesday YouTube video release.
Joseph Kennedy also mentioned that serving Massachusetts is a “great privilege” his family had before and is confident that “public service is an honor”. Kennedy family’s absence from elected office is short, but it still is significant enough for newspapers to write that Patrick Kennedy’s decision to give up his Congressional seat in Rhode Island marks the first time in 70 years the family hadn’t had a federal office.
Although Joseph Kennedy announced his intention to start a bid for a Congress seat last month, it wasn’t until this week that he made his policy public. Over the past few weeks, Joseph Kennedy resigned from his job as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County and recently moved to Fourth District of Massachusetts, in the town of Brookline, which is John F. Kennedy’s birthplace.
Bloomberg writes that Joseph Kennedy’s edge given by his popular family name brought him a favorable standing in a University of Massachusetts Lowell poll. Kennedy recorded 55 percent support and a 60 to 28 percent lead over Republican Sean Bielat, one of the others candidates for Barney Frank’s open seat in the Congress. Republican Elizabeth Childs and Democrats Herb Robinson and Paul Heroux are also in the race for the same seat.