Joe K Won't Run to Succeed Teddy

Joseph Kennedy II says he'd rather work for 'social justice' in private sector
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2009 3:15 PM CDT
In this Aug. 28, 2009, file photo, Joe Kennedy II speaks at a Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Sen. Edward Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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(Newser) – Joe Kennedy II will not run for his late uncle’s US Senate seat, the Boston Herald reports. In a post on the website of his charity Citizens Energy, the former congressman says he prefers to pursue social justice through the private sector rather than electoral politics. The announcement means the so-called “Kennedy seat” is likely up for grabs, with Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki—who has not expressed interest—the only other possible successor within the family.

“Given all that my uncle accomplished, it was only natural to consider getting back involved in public office,” Joe Kennedy wrote. “My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office. After much consideration, I have decided that the best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corporation.”