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Ted Kennedy Jr. considering potential run to replace John Kerry?

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By Doug Powers  •  December 20, 2012 12:23 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

There’s a good chance John Kerry will be nominated to become the next secretary of state, and many names have been floated as to who on the Democratic side would run to replace Kerry in a special election (Scott Brown would likely run on the GOP side, and he’s polling well against all likely Dems).

As always, whenever a congressional seat from Massachusetts is potentially opening up, the name of a Kennedy is thrown into the mix. In this case, Ted Kennedy, Jr:

Simas’ name comes as national Democrats ramped up their bid today to get Edward M. Kennedy Jr. to run in an effort to bring a big name into the race. The Herald’s Truth Squad first reported on Monday that the 51-year-old was considering running after several insiders urged him to get in.

One source told the Herald that Democrats are concerned that the current field of potential Senate candidates, including U.S. Rep. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep Michael Capuano, would face an uphill battle in a race against departing Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who is expected to run again if Kerry leaves.

Ted Kennedy Jr. would have the clout and financial ability to compete against Brown, some Democrats believe.

Last month, Joe Kennedy III won the race to replace Barney Frank, and the family is jonesing to re-stock government with Kennedys. However, Ted Jr. has just one problem:

The biggest obstacle for EMK Jr. is that he lives in Connecticut and would probably have to fix that before running for Senate across the border. But he could be an unbeatable candidate in a state where the Kennedy name and bloodline is one of the most powerful assets a politician can have.

Ted Kennedy Jr. has never closed the door to the possibility of a congressional career, telling USA Today in 2009, “Maybe I’ll run for public office. I haven’t crossed that bridge yet.”

No, I did not make up that quote. Errah…

**Written by Doug Powers

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