Edward Kennedy Jr. has announced he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat that will become vacant in Massachusetts if current Senator John Kerry is confirmed and takes the role as Secretary of State.
The son of the late Edward Kennedy, a longtime Senator from Massachusetts, said he was grateful for all the offers of support he had received, but the healthcare lawyer, who is 51, said he does not plan to run.
He said he does have a great desire to serve the public in office, but he considers his home to be Connecticut. He said he hoped to one-day serve in public office for the state of Connecticut.
On Saturday, former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy said his brother had been considering running for Kerry’s seat in a special election, due to the numerous calls received that encouraged him to do so from former colleagues and friends of their father, including Lowell Weicker Jr. the former Governor of Connecticut.
Patrick Kennedy told reporters that callers told Edward that he had what was needed to keep the seat in the hands of Democrats thanks to the Kennedy legacy and name, but also because of what is personally know about his brother’s personality and character.
Edward Kennedy Jr. supports people with disabilities and co-founded the Marwood Group, a New York-based healthcare-focused company dealing in financial services. He lives in Connecticut with his family, but also has a home in Hyannis, Massachusetts, one that was once his uncle’s, the late President John F. Kennedy.