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
The first of a dozen or so Kennedy cousins to get into politics, Kennedy has a lot riding on his shoulders. “If he is successful, he could renew the luster of a somewhat tarnished family name. If he is not, he will fuel critics’ contentions that the family has exhausted its political potency,” writes Jacobs.
As Kennedy puts it, “I’m extremely proud of my family’s record of public service to Massachusetts and the nation. But it’s my name on the ballot. I will stand on my own, and I only ask the voters of the 4th district to listen to what I have to say and to make a choice.’’
Following his graduation from Stanford, Joe Kennedy joined the Peace Corps, a uniquely American program founded by his great-uncle President John F Kennedy. Joe Kennedy, a fluent Spanish speaker, served for two years in the Dominican Republic.
“You’re asking them to make a huge investment in their future, back-breaking work,’’ says Kennedy, who led local groups in the Dominican Republic to become more tourist-friendly in hopes of becoming a more attractive destination. “And, I’m saying, yeah but trust me, you’ll get something in the future.’’ Perhaps that moment can serve as an inkling as to what kind of leader he could potentially become in Congress and beyond.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2009, Kennedy signed on as an assistant prosecutor in the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office. “Each of these cases as a problem to solve, and not a person to prosecute,” said Kennedy on his attitudes towards working there. “Your job is not to just hide behind recommending a maximum sentence on every case and say, hey, I’m tough on crime. It’s to solve that problem. You’ve got a brain in there. Use it.’’
Only time will tell now how the public will react to another Kennedy in the political arena.
“Look, some people may have a romance with the Kennedys and will be hopeful for Joe,’’ said Paul G. Kirk, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who filled Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat after his death. “Some will be dismissive and say the page of history has turned. But most people are realistic and they want to take the measure of this kid.’’
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