Kennedy Launches Campaign, Stops at Crivello's

Joseph P. Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, launched a campaign for the Fourth Congressional District Thursday. He stopped at Crivello's Crossing in Milford, drawing a big crowd.

A large crowd of supporters gathered at Crivello's Crossing Thursday to meet Joseph P. Kennedy III, as he launched his campaign for U.S. Congress.

Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy. He is running for the Fourth Congressional District, a seat that will be relinquished by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton), who is retiring.

Kennedy, a former state prosecutor, stopped in Milford as part of a campaign launch across the district.

Although today was the first official day of his campaign, Kennedy is already leading in state polls and has received an endorsement from the state's largest labor union.

Prior to starting his campaign, Kennedy worked as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County. He recently moved from Cambridge to Brookline and registered to vote in the Fourth District

Kennedy is the son of former Congressman Joe Kennedy II and the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy.

Supporters at Crivello's described him as personable, and soft-spoken, while speaking with patrons at the restaurant. He took special care in speaking with some of the older residents, said Joe DiFronzo. DiFronzo, the facilities manager at Archer Rubber in Milford, is a regular at Crivello's, but stopped in earlier than usual on Thursday to get a chance to meet the candidate.

DiFronzo, who described himself as independent politically, said he was impressed and expects to vote for Kennedy. "The Kennedys are from Massachusetts, there's a lot of history there. Right now, with the economy, Massachusetts needs a good pick-me-up."

With today's announcement, Kennedy joins a ballot with a number of other Democrats including:

Brookline Library Trustee and Patch columnist Michael Burstein has said he will form an exploratory committee to look at the seat.

Former Fourth District challenger Sean Bielat and Brookline School Committee member Elizabeth Childs have also said they will run on the Republican ticket.

Jim Rizoli February 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
People are in love with celebrities. I call it creature worship....I'm not saying he might not be a nice person etc...but to think just because he's a Kennedy all the worlds problems are going to solved by him is wishful thinking. Sad to say this is why people who run for office get elected....the persona that is projected by the media makes some out there get swept away with it all. No difference when some new revolutionary product comes onto the market. What it shows is, people are easily misled to believe things that the media wants you to believe. Been like this from day one....not going to change it. Jim@ccfiile.com
Jim Calarese February 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I am wondering if the press asked him any pertinent questions about what he plans to do in Congress if elected. We know that Big Labor is behind him and a hundred liberal democrats polled from Newton and Belmont put him way ahead according to the Boston Media. Did anyone from the media ask if he had any idea how to keep the United States from turning into Greece? Do we know what his core beliefs are? Will he try to change the US from becoming a nanny state or will it be business as usual. We need to know more about this candidate than he is "soft spoken, personable and from Massachusetts".
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I arrived just as he was leaving, so am not sure what questions were asked of the candidate. Here is a clip from the New York Times: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/another-kennedy-to-run-for-congress/?scp=1&sq=Joseph%20Kennedy%20III&st=cse
Emily K Giacomuzzi February 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Why weren't you guys there? You could have asked him all the tough questions
Jim Rizoli February 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Emily, when I go to political rallys they do their best to keep the person away from me....I can't understand why. Jim@ccfiile.com
Tippy Doodle February 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Joe Kane February 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Mary - Call his office and schedule an interview. Prior to sitting with Mr. Kennedy, elicit questions from your readers on various subjects ranging from personal freedoms to the role of government in our lives. He is not familiar with our town and I think that it is important that we explain how our needs may be very different from Newton or Brookline.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Good idea...
UglyHat February 17, 2012 at 01:19 PM
That’s a great idea Joe Kane. I know you’re busy Mary, so I don’t know how realistic this is, but I would love to see a series of interviews asking each of the serious candidates the same questions (submitted by readers), but don’t publish any answers until all the candidates have been interviewed. That way the candidates don’t get to massage their answers based on responses of their competition.
Emily K Giacomuzzi February 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM


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