More Kennedys on deck

David Catanese
Politico.com
2/14/10

Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s (D-R.I.) retirement may serve as a symbolic end of a political era but for those still captivated by America’s version of Camelot, there’s hope. The list of prospective Kennedy clan candidates, it seems, runs deep.

Chris Kennedy, Anthony Shriver and Bobby Shriver are other prospective Kennedy clan candidates for political office.  AP photo composite by POLITICO

Chris Kennedy, Anthony Shriver and Bobby Shriver are other prospective Kennedy clan candidates for political office. AP photo composite by POLITICO

From Massachusetts to California, and in several states in between, there are at least a half-dozen Kennedy kin whose ambitions to serve in elected office burn with varying degrees of intensity.

A handful have already seriously considered bids during the 2010 election cycle, among them Chris Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, who mulled running for two different statewide offices in Illinois; Anthony Shriver, the son of Sargent and Eunice Shriver, who contemplated a shot at the governorship in Florida; and former Congressman Joseph Kennedy II, nephew of Ted Kennedy, who passed on a bid for his late uncle’s U.S. Senate seat in the recent special election.

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