Joseph Kennedy III will not run for Congress this year

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March 1, 2010, 5:36 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Next year, it's very likely there will be no Kennedy serving in Congress. It would be the first time in decades that has happened. With the political legacy in question, one Kennedy family member who was rumored to be interested in a run for Congress is staying put.

Joe Kennedy: "I try to stay engaged, there's a lot of issues. Nice to play a role."

But one role Joe Kennedy does not see himself playing is congressional candidate, at least, not for now.

"I know that being a member of Congress would be a great job, but I've got a great job now."

The 29-year old son of former congressman Joe Kennedy, grandson of Robert Kennedy, has emerged as one of the brightest hopes for carrying on the Kennedy family political legacy.
     
For the past six months, he has been living on Cape Cod, working as an assistant district attorney for Barnstable County.

Joe Kennedy: "I've got a great group of people here who are really teaching me the ropes.   I've only been here for a couple of months and I really enjoy it. I think, for me right now, the right decision was to try to become a better prosecutor."

Kennedy's name has been surfacing for months, first as a possible candidate for Congressman Michael Capuano's seat, had Capuano won the U.S. Senate seat long occupied by Ted Kennedy, Joe's great uncle.
     
More recently, Kennedy was considered an instant democratic frontrunner should congressman Bill Delahunt decide to retire.

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