Report: Ted Kennedy Jr. to run for Connecticut state Senate


Former congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), left, and Ted Kennedy, Jr. attend the 2012 Ripple Of Hope Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on Dec. 3, 2012 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin -- Getty Images)

Another member of the Kennedy family will be on the ballot.

According to a local report, Ted Kennedy Jr., the 52-year-old son of the former senator of the same name and nephew of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, will run for an open seat in the Connecticut state Senate.

Kennedy is expected to make the announcement official on Tuesday.

Kennedy's candidacy follows that of his nephew, Joe Kennedy III, who ran for and won a congressional seat in 2012. Prior to that win, no Kennedys had been in major Washington office for the first time in more than 60 decades.

Ted Kennedy Jr. was rumored as a possible candidate for his father's U.S. Senate seat after his death in 2009 and has also been considered a potential candidate for Senate in Connecticut, his home state.

Ultimately, he has apparently chosen a rather low-profile entree into elective politics -- at least, by his family's standards.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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