BOSTON: Joseph P Kennedy III, the son of a former congressman and the grandson of Robert F Kennedy, has decided against running for the US House from Massachusetts this year.
Kennedy said he wants to remain in his new job as a prosecutor in Cape Cod’s Barnstable County. The 29-year-old Stanford University and Harvard Law graduate has held the post only for eight months.
“I’ve got a job I love being an assistant district attorney on the Cape, and I want to get better at it at this point,” Kennedy said. “I know serving in Congress would be a great job, but I’ve got a great job.”
A top state Democrat said on Saturday that Kennedy was weighing a race if Rep William Delahunt were to decide against seeking re-election in the 10th Congressional District, which encompasses the Massachusetts South Shore and Cape Cod.
Delahunt and the rest of the Massachusetts Democratic establishment were rocked in January when Republican Scott Brown staged an upset to win the US Senate seat held for more than four decades by Kennedy’s uncle, Edward M Kennedy.
While Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, and Joseph P Kennedy III’s father, former Rep Joseph P Kennedy II, both eschewed races, they lobbied hard for the Democratic nominee, Attorney General Martha Coakley.