A Kennedy in Connecticut?

The Kennedy drought in Washington is looking, more every day, like it may be a short-lived affair. Former Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy, whose departure left the capital without a member of the Camelot crew for the first time in 64 years, was on CNN last night touting the prospects of his cousin Joseph Kennedy III, a Cape Cod prosecutor who made a splash recently with a post-Arizona shooting speech on the decline of civic discourse.

And now, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman's announcement that he won't seek re-election in 2012 has observers speculating that late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy's son, Ted Jr., may run to replace him. From the Boston Herald:

The late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s son, Ted Jr., is among the names being floated as potential candidates for Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s seat in 2012.

Kennedy, the middle child of the late senator and his former wife, Joan, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Lieberman’s seat, which the 23-year senator is giving up when his term ends next year. One Kennedy family friend called the 49-year-old attorney, who lives in Connecticut, a “great candidate.”

“No one knew Lieberman would be getting out. I think Teddy would be the odds-on favorite were he to enter the race,” the friend said. “But I don’t know if this is the right time for him.”

Another Kennedy insider said Ted Kennedy Jr. is a “natural” for the seat.

“Why wouldn’t he be interested in the seat?” said the source. “He is his father’s son.”


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