Camelot, The Next Generation: RFK’s grandson wins congressional primary as America’s first family continues to dominate politics

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Joseph Kennedy III, the first of his famous political family's generation to seek elective office, has defeated two little-known Democrats in Thursday's primary in Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District.

Kennedy, 31, will face Republican Sean Bielat or Elizabeth Childs in the November election for the seat currently held by longtime liberal Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.

Kennedy is the son of Joseph P. Kennedy II, who represented the state's 8th Congressional District for six terms from 1987-1999, and the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

Taken: Joseph Kennedy III, grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy is seen outside a polling station on Thursday hours before declared the winner of the Massachusetts primary

Taken: Joseph Kennedy III, grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy is seen outside a polling station on Thursday hours before declared the winner of the Massachusetts primary

Race ahead: Kennedy will continue on to challenge either Republican Sean Bielat or Elizabeth Childs in the November election for Democratic Rep Barney Frank's vacating chair

Race ahead: Kennedy will continue on to challenge either Republican Sean Bielat or Elizabeth Childs in the November election for Democratic Rep Barney Frank's vacating chair

Family ties: Kennedy, seen at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, acknowledges his family's support in his political fight but hopes to not use it as a crutch

Family ties: Kennedy, seen at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, acknowledges his family's support in his political fight but hopes to not use it as a crutch

A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, the younger Kennedy served in the Peace Corps, worked as a prosecutor in Massachusetts and in 2006 co-managed with his twin brother Matt the final campaign of their great-uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died of cancer in 2009.

 

Unofficial early returns from Thursday's primary gave Kennedy around 90 per cent of the vote. He was facing Herb Robinson, a software engineer and Rachel Brown, a follower of perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche.

Kennedy, with the acknowledged help of family connections, raised more than $3 million for his campaign through mid-August, more than any incumbent in the Massachusetts House delegation.

In a recent interview, Kennedy said he was proud of his family's legacy but determined to earn votes on his own. He also said that public office was not something he always aspired to and that his decision to run stemmed from life experiences and his desire to help people.

Victory: Kennedy's victory came shortly after his cousin Caroline Kennedy addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Thursday

Victory: Kennedy's victory came shortly after his cousin Caroline Kennedy addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Thursday

'I obviously grew up in politics for a long time, but this is not something I said at an early age, “This is what I really want to go do,” he said. 'I have had a number of opportunities in my life where you see what happens when people are playing against a stacked deck.'

The past two years marked the first time since the election of his great-uncle John F. Kennedy to the House in 1946 that a member of the Kennedy family had not served in elective office in Washington.

The victory came shortly after his cousin Caroline Kennedy addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., telling delegates that the re-election of President Barack Obama is as important to the future of the country as the 1960 election of her father.

Bielat, who won plaudits from Republicans for a spirited campaign against Frank two years ago, could again be the decided underdog in the November election.

Republicans point out the southern portion of the district includes several cities with large numbers of independents and conservative-leaning Democrats who voted for GOP Sen. Scott Brown in a January 2010 special election following Ted Kennedy's death.

Joe Kennedy said he was ready for the inevitable bumps and bruises that will come with the fall campaign, but also sounded an echo of his great-uncle's legendary ability to reach across the aisle.

'Republicans aren't bad people,' he said. 'They've got some views that are legitimate ... and I'd like to think they believe the same of me.'

 

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Ugh!

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Oh joy. Another Kennedy. Yeah!!! (Typed with heavy sarcasm).

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Will journalists please stop referring to the sleazy Kennedy family as Camelot.

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Smarmy looking. If he's anything like his father (not to mention the rest of the family), I hope he isn't elected.

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Kennedy, TNG? Heavens, even Star Trek ran out of creative ideas. Please stop.

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Massachusetts, stop continuing to make ignorant choices in electing these degenerates just because their last name is Kennedy. - Greg, midwest, 7/9/2012 6:18--------------Would you say the same about the Bush family,let me guess you´re a republican so it is then different. At least the only Kennady that has been President was a success all the Bush´s gave were debts and more unemployment in 12 years. Not that I think dynasties are healthy but the people vote and choose as they will.That is unless you´re a Bush as the peoples choice in an election is not always adhered too and can be manipulated by a brother, that is the sort of dynasty that is bad for ones country.

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I can't stand this trashy family. They're all ugly inside and out. Why won't they go away!

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He's got the Kennedy hair. Another career politician, I'm sure.

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Where were all these haters of dynasties when George W. Bush was running for office? Running out to vote for him, that's where. Just as no one should vote for Joe because he is a Kennedy, no one shouldn't vote for him because he is a Kennedy. He went to Stanford, Harvard Law, worked in the Peace Corps & is a hard working assistant district attorney. There are far worse resumes.

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Oh, God. Make it stop!!!!

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