Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ted Kennedy's widow for senate? That's crazy.

Prominent Democrats in Washington and Massachusetts are promoting Edward M. Kennedy’s widow as the best shot for winning back his Senate seat.

She passed up the chance to run for the seat last year. Now, nearly a year after her husband’s death, Victoria Reggie Kennedy has been, in many ways, already acting the part of a candidate by campaigning for other politicians and appearing at events nationwide, despite her playing down the idea of her challenging Sen. Scott Brown (R) for the seat in 2012. She passed up the chance to run for the seat last year.

Some party leaders have been quietly promoting her candidacy, including Sen. Charles E. Schumer(D-N.Y.), according to some sources.

Vicki Kennedy, who comes from a powerful political family in Louisiana, is a lawyer who married into the Kennedy dynasty in 1992. According to some close to the Kennedy clan, the prospect of her candidacy is becoming a source of family tension to relatives who fear her campaign would distract from her late husband’s legacy.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), the youngest of Edward Kennedy’s children, said in an interview he wished his stepmother would focus on raising money to build the endowment of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate, a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire future leaders.

It's not only Ted Kennedy's children or extended family who would oppose the idea.

Ted Kennedy's notorious infidelities drove his first wife to drink, insanity and a mental institution. Voters in Massachusetts remember the gossip surrounding that tragic marriage. Do the second Mrs. Kennedy's promoters really expect Massachusetts voters to support the trophy wife for whom Kennedy dumped the mother of his children?

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