When Bielat suggested during a debate that Kennedy’s candidacy wouldn’t be taken seriously in any other state, it was an echo of a famous quip during another debate a half-century ago, when Kennedy’s great-uncle, the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, was running for the first time.
A Democratic rival, Edward McCormack, suggested in 1962 that if his opponent’s name was Edward Moore instead of Edward Moore Kennedy, his candidacy would be a joke. Kennedy would go on to serve 47 years.
Joseph Kennedy III says he’s proud of his family’s political heritage and fundraising connections, but he intends to earn every vote on his own through a strong grassroots campaign.
There are four other contested U.S. House elections in Massachusetts.
— Keating, seeking a second term, faces Republican Christopher Sheldon, a Plymouth businessman, in the redrawn 9th district, which includes Cape Cod and the Islands, and much of the South Shore. Independent Daniel Botelho is also on the ballot.
— U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas of Lowell, the widow of former U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas, is seeking her third full term in the House in the new 3rd District. Republican Jon Golnick, a Carlisle businessman, also challenged Tsongas in 2010.
— In the 8th District, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, seeking his seventh full term, faces Republican Joe Selvaggi, a software firm executive from Boston.
— U.S. Rep. Edward Markey of Malden, the longest-serving member of the state’s congressional delegation, is opposed by Tom Tierney, a Framingham actuary, in the 5th District.