Smart, Capable, and in Control

Ted Kennedy's wife, Victoria, is helping him recover—and could even take his job
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2008 6:33 PM CDT
The couple walk along a private pier as they return from sailing off the coast of Hyannisport.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – She whipped Ted Kennedy's staff into action after his seizure; she brought the family to his bedside; she allowed the aging senator, diagnosed with brain cancer, to join in the traditional Cape Cod regatta on Memorial Day weekend. Victoria Reggie Kennedy, his wife of 16 years, is right by his side, the Boston Globe reports. And he wants her to replace him as senator, says the New York Daily News.

She may be suited for the job: An ex-Washington lawyer, she is deeply involved in her husband’s legislative projects—and is daughter to a politically effective judge. "There's no question that he'd like Vicki to continue in his seat," one Massachusetts Democrat said. "She's smart, and smart politically."