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Ted Kennedy, Jr., Son of Famous Senator, Will Not Run for Governor of CT

June 27, 2017 By Staff
Ted Kennedy, Jr., Son of Famous Senator, Will Not Run for Governor of CT

The state senator with a famous last name passed on a run for governor of Connecticut on Monday, saying he will "not be a candidate for statewide office in 2018."

Ted Kennedy, Jr., son of the late and famous Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and a state senator in Connecticut, passed on a run for governor of the state on Monday.

“I am deeply grateful to everyone who has contacted me and encouraged me to run. I value the contribution I am able to make as the state Senator for the 12th District,” Kennedy said, according to the New Haven Register.

Reclaim Connecticut reported on Kennedy’s possible entry into the 2018 race in March. We noted at the time that Kennedy has built a liberal record in the State Senate, including:

  • Proposing 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 Association and the Connecticut Nurses Association
  • Enthusiastically supporting a tax on grocery bags and a carbon tax, both proposals working their ways through the legislature
  • Stopping 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

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) cheered Kennedy’s announcement in a statement, saying “Kennedy would have been forced to run on Malloy’s record of job-killing tax hikes, high-profile business departures, routine credit downgrades and continuing budgetary crises – all part of an agenda that Kennedy enabled as a Democrat state senator.”

The Democratic field for governor includes Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.), Mayor Dan Drew (D-Middletown), former prosecutor Chris Mattei, former Malloy commissioner Jonathan Harris, and Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport).

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) is mulling an entry into the race.