Joseph Kennedy Not Interested In Uncle's Seat
After Joseph P. Kennedy II, Edward Kennedy's nephew, announced he will not run for Senate, it looks as if the "Kennedy seat" is now going to go to somebody outside the family. Ted Kennedy was a senator for 47 years until his death on August 25, 2009. He was the third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history.
The only other member of the Kennedy family seen as a likely successor is Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Edward Kennedy's widow, and there are contradictory reports regarding her interest in the position.
Kennedy's seat will be filled in a special election on January 19, 2010.
“My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office,” Kennedy said. “After much consideration, I have decided that the best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corporation.”