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A Kennedy considers run for Frank’s seat

By Brian C. Mooney and Andrew Ryan
Globe Staff / November 30, 2011
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A scion of the famed Kennedy clan, Joseph P. Kennedy III, an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, said he will consider running for US Representative Barney Frank’s congressional seat next year.

Kennedy, a Democrat, told the Globe yesterday, “I haven’t had an opportunity to give it a whole lot of thought, but I will give it some thought in the coming days and weeks.’’

Kennedy, 31, the son of former US representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, does not live in the Fourth Congressional District, but residency is not required to run for the office.

Since moving from the the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office to the Middlesex prosecutor’s office in September, Kennedy said he has been living with his father in Brighton and his mother in Cambridge.

Kennedy said he loves his job as a prosecutor and considers it a fulfillment of the family’s long commitment to public service.

If he were to run, he would not be the first Kennedy to take a new address to run for Congress. His father moved into the Eighth District from Marshfield when Thomas P. “Tip’’ O’Neill Jr. announced he would give up the seat in 1986.

His great-uncle, John F. Kennedy, moved to Beacon Hill to run for Congress in 1946, and his uncle, Max Kennedy, bought a house in West Roxbury, intending to run in 2001 for the late J. Joseph Moakley’s congressional seat, but he withdrew from the race. His great-great grandfather, John F. “Honey Fitz’’ Fitzgerald, was elected to represent a Boston-based district while maintaining a home in Concord.

Kennedy is one of a number of hopefuls who have signaled their interest in the seat.

Cynthia Stone Creem of Newton, a state senator since 1999, said she is “very seriously considering’’ running.

“I got a lot of calls and a lot of people urging me to do it,’’ Creem said in an interview.

Boston city councilor Michael P. Ross, who grew up in Newton but who now lives in Mission Hill, also said he was considering a run.

John M. Guilfoil of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Mooney can be reached at bmooney@globe.com; Ryan at aryan@globe.com.

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