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Kennedy Cousin Mulls Senate Run in Illinois

For those with an unhealthy obsession with the Kennedy clan, this interesting little tidbit: US Representative Patrick Kennedy's cousin Chris Kennedy, a Chicago businessman, is weighing a run for the Senate seat held by Ronald Burris.

Burris, as you may recall, was appointed to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was pushed out of office amid accusations that he tried to sell the seat.

Chris Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, is the latest in the "second generation" of the Kennedy clan to enter politics. Congressional Quarterly says that group has had a "mixed record of success":

Chris Kennedy's older brother Joseph P. Kennedy II, represented a Boston-based Massachusetts district in the U.S. House from 1987 through 1998. Cousin Patrick J. Kennedy, a son of Ted Kennedy, has represented a U.S. House district in Rhode Island since 1995.

But Chris Kennedy's older sister, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, lost as the Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland in 2002 after serving eight years as lieutenant governor. Cousin Mark Shriver, a son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver, was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates but lost a Democratic U.S. House primary in 2002 to Chris Van Hollen, who now is in his fourth term and serves as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

And cousin Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President Kennedy, initially sought the appointment to the New York Senate seat vacated in January when Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of State, but withdrew amid acrimonious exchanges between her camp and that of Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson over who was responsible for the failure of her candidacy.

 

 

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