Robert Kennedy Son to Run for Obama Senate Seat

Posted: 2009/05/24 in Geopolitics
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Roland Burris’ net -45% approval/disapproval rating may or may not stop him from running for a full term in 2010, but if does, he will discover that he has quite a bit of company in the Democratic primary. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is already in and Bobby Kennedy’s son, Chris Kennedy, is now poised to enter as well. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) is mulling a run and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan might jump in, too, although it is more likely she will run for governor. Kennedy has never run for public office before, but the Kennedy name is still revered by many Democrats. Caroline Kennedy wasn’t appointed to Hillary Clinton’s vacant Senate seat in New York, but that has everything to do with the somewhat mercurial nature of Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) and a behind-the-scenes campaign by the state’s formiddable senior senator, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who strongly championed now-senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). A Kennedy-Giannoulias battle would be a fight of epic proportions, but Burris would be left in the dust were he foolish enough to try. The $845 he raised in the first quarter of 2009 won’t go very far in expensive Illinois.

If elected, Chris Kennedy would follow in the footsteps of his father, Robert, who represented New York in the Senate before being assassinated in 1968.

If he were to win the seat, Chris would not be the only Kennedy on Capitol Hill. His cousin is Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island; his uncle is Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.

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