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Kennedy kin contests for a US Congress seat

Joseph Kennedy III launches a campaign for the Massachusetts congressional seat.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: February 17, 2012 10:45:15 am

The grand-nephew of president John F Kennedy launched his campaign for a seat in the US Congress today,aiming to become the latest in the family dynasty to enter national politics.

Democrat Joseph Kennedy III,31,released a video announcement on his campaign website,then spent the morning greeting commuters in Newton,in the fourth district of Massachusetts where he aims to succeed the retiring Barney

Frank.

“I believe this country was founded on a simple idea,that every person deserves to be treated fairly,by each other and by their government. But that’s not happening in America anymore,” Kennedy said in his video message.

“I’ve spoken to people from across Massachusetts who believe that Washington no longer works for them,” he said,adding that he will fight “for a fair tax code that says the middle-class shouldn’t have to fund tax breaks for the super-rich.”

Should Kennedy win a seat in the House of Representatives in November,his family would return to national politics for the first time since Patrick Kennedy — son of the clan’s late patriarch Edward Kennedy — left office early last year.

The congressional hopeful,son of former representative Joseph P Kennedy II and grandson of the assassinated Robert F Kennedy,is an assistant district attorney in Middlesex county.

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