Appearing camera ready and primed, Ted Kennedy Jr. – son of the late U.S. Senator of the same name, and nephew of President John F. Kennedy – announced on Tuesday night that he’s entering politics.
Standing beside his wife and two children at the Blackstone Library in Branford, Kennedy Jr. said he’s no stranger to public service.
"Many of you know that I have been active in public service my whole life," Kennedy said. "I’ve been a health care attorney. I’ve been a fighter for children and families that have been impacted by environmental contamination, including lead poisoning. I’ve been an advocate for people with disabilities. It is with great pride that tonight I announce my candidacy for the Connecticut state Senate."
Kennedy will seek the Democratic nomination for Connecticut’s 12th district, currently being held by state senator Ed Meyer, who is stepping down. Listen to Meyer's introduction of Kennedy:
Kennedy invoked the memory of his father. "I strongly identify with my father’s philosophy of consensus-building and bipartisanship," Kennedy said. "He taught us that you should never be afraid to stand up for your political beliefs. But at the same time, never hesitate to try to find consensus across the aisle if you think you can make progress on an issue." Listen below to his remarks:
There are no other declared candidates, but Republicans have vowed to vigorously contest the seat.
This report includes information from The Associated Press.