The curtain rises on a new act in the Kennedy political dynasty. Son of Joseph Kennedy II, Joseph Kennedy III, 32 years old, won Barney Frank's seat in the House of Representatives, reports THE HERALD NEWS.
Had the presidential and U.S. Senate races not resulted in such surprising upsets, Kennedy's victory would have gotten a lot more attention than it did. But all eyes were then focused on why the conservatives get trounced so badly.
Kennedy follows his cousin Patrick, son of the late Ted Kennedy, in going off to Congress at a young age. Both crafted their own types of campaigns, rather than following the "best practices" of their elders. For example, Kennedy gave few interviews to the media during the campaign. An exception was one with THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE. His aides were Millennials, not Baby Boomers from his father's generation.
There's an interesting major article or documentary to be made about how the third generation in this dynasty are defining themselves and public policy. Patrick made his mark in mental health issues, bringing about insurance reimbursement parity with physical diseases. Since he left public office Patrick is still high prolife about all this, including doing a photo-op with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. when the latter was in the Mayo Clinic for a bipolar condition.
It will be interesting to observe what cause or causes Kennedy embraces.