New politician Joseph Kennedy III is no chip off the old block say insiders
Latest Kennedy doesn’t drink and is totally focused on his new political career
Joseph P. Kennedy III, great-nephew of the late President John F Kennedy, is making a run for Congress. With a last name like Kennedy, many believe the congressional bid should be a breeze, but Joe’s life thus far has proved that he is willing to work hard, Kennedy or not, for the bid.
He is also unusual, in that he does not drink and even when a freshman at Stanford, he refused to drink as part of a hazing ritual and drank milk instead. His nickname has been ‘the milkman” ever since
In a profile on Joe Kennedy, Sally Jacobs for Boston.com writes of his past and where it could lead him in the future. While, yes, he has a politically famous and adored last name, Joe Kennedy is looking to get to Congress on his own terms.
Of his famous family, Kennedy remains vague, yet loving - “It’s a huge family. It’s crazy, it’s wonderful, it’s vibrant and it’s exciting." Kennedy is, however, aware firsthand of the strains that a political life can have on a family. His parents divorced due to his father being away for so often in Washington DC. His mother often showed signs of resentment of getting caught up with the Kennedy fame.
Kennedy himself, however, announced his own engagement within the past few months, to former classmate and Southern California native, Lauren Birchfield.
While Kennedy insists that going into politics didn’t appeal to him until later in life, others saw it coming a mile away. “We always joked that Joe was going to run for president,’’ recalled Matt Twomey, who played on the Stanford lacrosse team alongside Kennedy during their college days. “With that last name of his and the fact that he didn’t drink, it just seemed obvious.’’
Kennedy has never been a drinker. “Some see it as a sign of his determination to steer clear of the demons of drugs and alcohol that other family members have wrestled with - in some cases fatally. Others consider it a reflection of a singular self-confidence,” writes Sally Jacobs for Boston.com.
“It’s just a personal preference," Kennedy said in an interview. “It’s really just something I have never felt an attraction to."
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