ANOTHER ONE? WEREN'T WE FINISHED WITH THIS? – AT 7:15 P.M. ET: From AP:
BOSTON – A top Massachusetts Democrat said Saturday that one of Robert F. Kennedy's grandsons is considering carrying on the family's vaunted political tradition by running for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Joseph P. Kennedy III, one of the twin sons of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, may run this fall if Democratic Rep. William Delahunt decides against seeking re-election in his South Shore and Cape Cod district.
Kennedy, 29, "has been considering it but he hasn't made a decision," said the Democrat, who demanded anonymity to speak about private conversations with the father and son.
The younger Kennedy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School who works as a prosecutor in Barnstable County, near his family's Cape Cod compound.
Delahunt has served in Congress since 1997, but Massachusetts incumbents were shocked in January when a little-known Republican state senator, Scott Brown, claimed the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly a half-century by Edward M. Kennedy.
COMMENT: Scott Brown did very well in Delahunt's district. Delahunt will probably retire. Question: Will a young Kennedy automatically get the Democratic nomination just by asking for it? Second question: Will voters automatically pull the Kennedy lever in the general election, the way they used to do?
We tend, as a nation, ultimately to reject political dynasties. There aren't many people in high places named Adams or Jefferson, or even Roosevelt. This can get very interesting.
February 27, 2010