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Ted Kennedy Jr. to run for Connecticut Senate

By John Christofferson

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Ted Kennedy Jr. is planning to run for the state Senate in Connecticut in his first bid for public office, two people briefed on the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.

The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts will announce Tuesday he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 12th Senatorial District, two people said on condition of anonymity because Kennedy wants to make the announcement. Kennedy said he would announce his decision that evening at a library in Branford.

Kennedy is 52-year-old health care lawyer who lives in Branford, a coastal town near New Haven, and has been mentioned as a possible political candidate for some time. He said last month he was considering running for the seat.

As a member of one of America's most prominent political families, Kennedy Jr. has been floated over the years as a possible candidate for various political offices, including U.S. Senate seats in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but he has declined to run. He has campaigned on behalf of Democratic politicians from the state, including U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and for President Barack Obama.

His brother, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, represented Rhode Island for 16 years until he retired in 2011. Patrick Kennedy would not comment when asked to confirm whether his older brother planned to run, saying it was up to him to announce. But he said they had discussed it.

"Obviously, in our family we talk a lot about politics and public life," he said. "He's pretty much gone a different route than me in not pursuing this in his life, although he had many opportunities to do it. It would be a natural extension of everything he has done."

The former congressman said he admired his brother for putting his family first for many years. Now, Ted Kennedy Jr.'s children are teenagers.

Patrick Kennedy said his brother's life was transformed when as a boy he lost his leg to cancer. Describing him with the phrase that was the title of a book by their uncle and former President John F. Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy said his brother became a "profile in courage": surviving a deadly cancer, having his leg amputated and later becoming a champion for people with disabilities.

"I've always thought my brother could be a really powerful leader, I'm not just talking elected-office sense, but leadership sense," he said. "He's just got such a tremendous personal story. I've always thought he'd be a very compelling political figure because he's integrated work with public policy with his own personal experience."

Their father took office in the Senate when he was 30 and served for nearly five decades. Patrick Kennedy added that if Kennedy Jr. does decide to run, he'll get plenty of support from the Kennedy clan.

"I haven't succeeded in getting him to take that plunge, but if he does, like everyone who knows him well, we're going to be very enthusiastic in our efforts on his behalf," he said.

The 12th District is represented by Guilford Democrat Edward Meyer, who is retiring. The seat represents Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford.

There are no declared candidates yet in the race.

"We have several quality candidates who are interested in running and we intend to vigorously contest this open seat, regardless of the Democratic candidate," state Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said last month, adding that the district is "trending Republican" and "it's hard to imagine that the voters would choose to move farther to the left of Ed."

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The Canoli King April 08 2014 at 10:41 AM

"POLITICS"=Easy Money,or as I call it,"Legal Graft".

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starswings April 08 2014 at 8:12 AM

geez...fix your ugly teeth!!

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HELEN April 08 2014 at 8:24 AM

Oh no, not another Kennedy.

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davidirv April 08 2014 at 8:30 AM

Another drunk Kennedy in office. Living off Papa Joe's bootlegging millions in the trust not paying taxes. Save us from the people of Connecticut.

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tile222 April 08 2014 at 8:32 AM

The Kennedy's need to stay out of politics. Kennedy is 52-year-old health care lawyer, not a politician. What does he know about the issues? It's a waste of taxpayers money if he runs for office.

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scottee April 08 2014 at 8:43 AM

his grandfather was a banker and a lawyer...bankers, lawyers, politicians...the 1%, the most disgusting people on earth. and his grandfather gave his daughter a lobotomy so she wouldn't embarrass the family. nice role model.

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doncinnh scottee April 08 2014 at 8:47 AM

His grandfather was a booze runner during Prohibition. Running Whiskey from Canada to the States. That where the Kennedys made the money !

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doncinnh April 08 2014 at 8:48 AM

Another Kennedy to live off the government dole under the guise of a "public servant"
They would never make it in the private sector. This family has done more to destroy this country than any other.

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soothsayertroll April 08 2014 at 8:56 AM

They sure do crawl out of the woodwork.

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elevatorflyball April 08 2014 at 8:57 AM

Not another Kennedy........
Higher taxes, more illegal immigrants, more excessive government programs

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topazmee April 08 2014 at 11:15 AM

Kennedy think they're entitled to be in Congress, but the younger generation of Kennedys just don't have it. Their time if over....John and Bobby were the last of the public fame.

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