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Joseph Kennedy III, son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, delivers his victory speech, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Newton, Mass. Kennedy III, 31, beat Republican businessman Sean Bielat in the race to replace retiring congressman Barney Frank. Photo by: AP Photo/ Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

Joe Kennedy III joins Irish lobby on Capitol Hill

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Joseph Kennedy III, son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, delivers his victory speech, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Newton, Mass. Kennedy III, 31, beat Republican businessman Sean Bielat in the race to replace retiring congressman Barney Frank. Photo by: AP Photo/ Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

The latest Kennedy to be elected to the U.S. Congress has become a Congressional Friend of the Irish National Caucus.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III, who will be sworn into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2013, has written to Caucus President, Fr. Sean Mc Manus, saying he “would be honored to be a Congressional Friend.”

Fr. Mc Manus was pleased by the continuity of it all: “Joe’s father, Joe II, was a Congressional Friend when he served in Congress for the same seat ( 1987-1999). It means a lot to me that Young Joe is also going to use his influence and Kennedy -magic for justice and equality in Ireland.”

Joe the Second endeared himself forever with Irish Americans when he was seen on TV being accosted in Belfast by a belligerent English soldier, who screeched, “Why don’t you go back to your own country?” Joe II, not missing a beat retorted:“ Why don’t you go back to your country?”
 

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