Making the rounds delivering oil to needy residents in the Boston area this morning, Joseph P. Kennedy II addressed Republican Scott Brown's Senate victory last week, jokingly saying his decision not to run for the seat his uncle held for almost five decades "wasn't the greatest decision I ever made in my life."
"The thought had crossed my mind,'' said Kennedy with a wide grin on his face, in response to a question from a reporter about whether he regretted not running.
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Standing in the parking lot of a two-story red brick apartment complex on Shepard Street in Brighton, where he had just hooked up a hose that pumped oil into an elderly couple's residence, the former congressman began what sounded like a campaign speech, touching on voter anger and the banking crisis.
But he ended his statement by saying he is no longer interested in running for office. "No, no, I kind of cleared out of that. This is what I do, and I like it,'' he said.
Kennedy, the oldest son of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of the late Edward M. Kennedy, served in the US Congress from 1987 to 1999, representing the Eighth District of Massachusetts. He founded Citizens Energy Corp. before taking office, and continues to head the nonprofit energy company.
He was delivering oil in person today with the media looking on, as he has in previous years, to highlight the efforts of Citizens Energy, which provides low-cost oil to low-income people.
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