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Governor Kennedy? Ted Kennedy’s Son, a CT State Senator, Mulls ’18 Run

March 27, 2017 By Staff
Governor Kennedy? Ted Kennedy’s Son, a CT State Senator, Mulls ’18 Run

Ted Kennedy Jr., who recently joined Connecticut's State Senate, is mulling a run for governor in 2018, according to a weekend report from the CT Post.

Can the Kennedy political dynasty experience a second-generation revival in Connecticut? A weekend CT Post report said that Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and a Connecticut state senator, is thinking about a run for governor.

More from Neil Vigdor, who broke the story:

Now in his second term as a state senator, the Branford Democrat and disability advocate is said by multiple sources to be strongly leaning toward a run for governor in 2018.

A person close to Kennedy put the chances at “90 percent” that the health care lawyer and son of the late “liberal lion” Edward M. Kennedy jumps into the race, capitalizing on his name recognition and a potential vacuum if fellow Democrat Dannel P. Malloy opts not to seek a third term as governor.

Responding to Vigdor, Kennedy said he “would consider” other opportunities in the future.

As Vigdor points out, Kennedy has established quite the liberal rap sheet in Connecticut, even in the past few weeks:

  • He proposed a bill this year that would automatically enroll CT residents as organ donors “unless they opt out,” a move that drew criticism from the Connecticut Hospital Assocation and the Connecticut Nurses Association
  • He enthusiastically supported a tax on grocery bags and a carbon tax, both proposals working their ways through the legislature
  • He stopped by a re-election fundraiser for Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport), a former convicted felon who now is a “political kingmaker” for 2018 Democratic candidates

Signs suggest Kennedy’s looking at a statewide run, but will his liberal politics line up with voter frustration over Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.)? Time will tell.