Joseph Kennedy III Formally Announces His Run for Senate

Caroline Hallemann
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From Town & Country

After rumors circulated earlier this week that Joseph Kennedy III planned to seek a seat in the Senate, the Congressman from Massachusetts confirmed the news today.

This morning in East Boston, Kennedy (who, yes, is one of those Kennedys—the grandson of RFK), officially announced that he is running against incumbent and fellow Democrat Edward Markey.

According to ABC News, he is "the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962."

In addition to the official announcement, Kennedy also shared a new campaign video on Twitter.

"Now is not for waiting, for sitting on the sidelines, for playing by rules that don't work anymore or never worked to begin with. Donald Trump has forced a reckoning in America. But meeting this moment requires more than just confronting him. We deserve leaders who will show up where we are, who aren't afraid to break down an old system and build something better," he says in the clip.

"I'm running for senate because this is the fight of our live, and I am all in."

According to the New York Times, Kennedy's opponent, Senator Ed Markey, is the state's "longest-serving member of its congressional delegation."

Previously Kennedy had hinted that he was interested in potentially running for the Senate, though he hadn't specified a timeline.

“Somewhere down the road, if a Senate seat were to open, yeah it’s something I’d certainly take a look at,” he said in profile in Politico back in 2017.

“But that’s got to be right in time for me and my family.”

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