After reports surfaced Sautrday suggesting that he may run for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts if Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is confirmed as Secretary of State, Ted Kennedy Jr. will reportedly take a pass on a bid in the special election, a source told the Boston Globe:
Kennedy decided against a run for three reasons, the source said. He does not want to uproot his family; he doesn’t feel right about moving from Connecticut to Massachusetts to run; and officials in Connecticut have urged him to stay there and run there eventually.
The person familiar with his decision said that the 51-year-old Kennedy was in no way ruling out a future run for public office. In fact, he hopes to run for office in Connecticut someday, the source said.
Kennedy, president of a financial firm and a leading advocate for disability rights, is the son of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate who served for more than four decades before dying in 2009.
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