Newest Kennedy on stump may renew family's franchise

From Bloomberg News:

For more than half a century, the Kennedys were a force in U.S. politics. Their dominance began with John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential run and lasted until the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 2009.

The family's return as a major political presence isn't imminent; it may not be that far off, though. A candidate for a Massachusetts seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is Joseph P. Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and a grandnephew of the president and the senator. He's running in a congressional district now largely represented by Democratic Representative Barney Frank, who's retiring.

It's not just the name; veteran politicians and Kennedy-watchers say the 31-year-old is the real deal. He draws comparisons to the young Jack Kennedy, and especially to Ted Kennedy in his first race for the Senate in 1962: Both were a little beyond their 30th birthdays, and it was their first bid for office after serving stints as county prosecutors.

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An even more relevant analogy, longtime politicians say, is that Joseph Kennedy is a natural, as were his illustrious great- uncles.

"I have been around politics for a long time and only occasionally you meet someone with special skills and ability and genuine warmth," says former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, a Democrat. "I don't care what his name is; that's Joe."

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