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Camelot scion Joe Kennedy says he’s considering Senate run in Massachusetts

2019-08-26

Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)

Camelot could be coming back to the Senate.

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) said he may run for the U.S. Senate in 2020, a campaign that could make him the latest member of his famous family to serve in the upper chamber.

"This isn’t a decision I’m approaching lightly and -- to be completely candid -- I wasn’t expecting to share my thoughts so soon.” the lawmaker said on Facebook.

Hi everyone -- I hope you're all having a great summer and getting a little break before fall kicks in. I wanted to...

Posted by Joe Kennedy III on Monday, August 26, 2019

The red-headed grandson of slain Robert F. Kennedy would have to knock off fellow Democrat Sen. Ed Markey in a primary.

Markey, 73, has insisted he is planning to run for reelection, but that was before Kennedy openly proclaimed that he’s interested in running. The winner would likely be a prohibitive favorite to win the seat in dark blue Massachusetts.

The Senate has been Kennedy-less since Ted Kennedy died in 2009.

The 38-year-old Kennedy, who is married with two children, has been a harsh critic of President Trump and delivered the Democrats’ response to the president’s State of the Union speech in 2018. He is in his fourth term representing a congressional district that includes coastal Massachusetts south of Boston and Cape Cod.

In the “Hi everyone” post, Kennedy e framed his possible run against Markey as a chance for him to seize the moment during an important national moment. He pushed back against the idea he should wait till Markey decides to step aside.

“I’m not sure this is a moment for waiting,” he said. “Our system has been letting down a lot of people for a long time, and we can’t fix it if we don’t challenge it.”