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Kennedy Name Carries Weight in Connecticut Race

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BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bruce Wilson Jr. finds himself in rarified Republican company that includes Mitt Romney and Richard Nixon. Like those two before him, he is running against a Kennedy.

The school board member and Connecticut state Senate hopeful knew he faced a challenge when he entered the race against Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late Massachusetts senator and nephew of a president and attorney general. He just didn’t quite realize the power of the Kennedy name.

"I’ve had people say to me, ‘I want to be part of electing the next president of the United States,’" Wilson said. "They’re thinking that they’re in on the ground floor of the next Kennedy ascending to the White House."

Though Kennedy insists he’s looking no further than the open seat he’s running for in the state where he’s lived for 30 years, his name has been floated for numerous political offices over the years, both here and in the family’s home state of Massachusetts. In 2012, he was mentioned as a possible candidate for then-U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat after he was tapped to be Secretary of State.

But the 53-year-old environmental lawyer insists the 36-member Connecticut State Senate is what ultimately makes sense for him, in his first run for public office.

"I think being a state senator is an important job," said Kennedy, who has lived with his wife Kiki and two children in the shoreline community of Branford for about 20 years. "To me, being the people’s representative in Hartford is a huge responsibility."

Even Kennedy seems surprised by the support he’s received in the 12th Senate District, where five of six small towns are currently run by Republican leaders.

More than 50 interns last summer signed up to volunteer for his campaign. More than 60 supporters have opened up their homes to host “house parties,” inviting friends, family and neighbors to meet the candidate. Three of the parties were held by members of a group calling itself “Republicans for Kennedy.”

"He was the soccer coach when my kids were small," said Kathy Beebe of Branford, an employee of a boat yard Kennedy toured on Friday. "He’s a very real person."

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"When Jackie gave birth to Caroline, Jack arrived at the hospital carrying a bouquet of her favorite flowers, periwinkle-blue irises, and was the first to lay their daughter in her arms. He boasted of her being the prettiest baby in the nursery, and his voice broke when he described her to his best friend, Lem Billings, who had never seen him happier or more emotional."

"When Jackie gave birth to Caroline, Jack arrived at the hospital carrying a bouquet of her favorite flowers, periwinkle-blue irises, and was the first to lay their daughter in her arms. He boasted of her being the prettiest baby in the nursery, and his voice broke when he described her to his best friend, Lem Billings, who had never seen him happier or more emotional."

(Source: vanityfair.com)

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My son in particular is very interested in his grandfather, and he loved Teddy. Teddy made a huge effort over them, and I think it gave them a wonderful sense of connection with their grandparents. I can’t wait to see who my children will become. That’s what’s really exciting

Caroline Kennedy about her children and the Kennedy legacy

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“My mother was always reading! That’s the image I have when I think of her. In New York, she’d be reading when I came home from school or in the evenings. In the summer, we’d swim in the mornings, and in the afternoons she’d read on the porch. She always said that reading the memoirs of Versailles was the best preparation she had for the White House, because the way people behaved at court was like how they did around the president. She had a deep engagement with literature, history, plays, and poetry. They gave her strength, even in the difficult times. Because she knew about ancient Greece and read the plays written back then, she knew about suffering and about perseverance.”
— Caroline Kennedy

 

“My mother was always reading! That’s the image I have when I think of her. In New York, she’d be reading when I came home from school or in the evenings. In the summer, we’d swim in the mornings, and in the afternoons she’d read on the porch. She always said that reading the memoirs of Versailles was the best preparation she had for the White House, because the way people behaved at court was like how they did around the president. She had a deep engagement with literature, history, plays, and poetry. They gave her strength, even in the difficult times. Because she knew about ancient Greece and read the plays written back then, she knew about suffering and about perseverance.”

— Caroline Kennedy

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Katie Holmes to revisit Jackie Kennedy role in “The Kennedys — After Camelot”

Katie Holmes is returning to her role as Jacqueline Kennedy in “The Kennedys — After Camelot,” the follow-up to Reelz Channel’s 2011 miniseries “The Kennedys.”

Holmes, who starred as the former first lady in “The Kennedys,” will reprise that role for the new four-hour miniseries, and will also serve as executive producer and direct one of the episodes. Jon Cassar, who directed all eight episodes of “The Kennedys,” will direct the other three and also executive produce.

“‘The Kennedys’ was a brilliant execution of storytelling based on the lives of one of the world’s best known families,” Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement. “Katie elegantly portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the first miniseries and now will continue the role as Jackie grows into the Jackie O that the world knows best. Katie is brave, committed and perfect for this role. She is a strong, talented woman who understands how special and respected Jackie Kennedy, and then Jackie Onassis was, as an international icon.”

The new miniseries, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s “After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family (1968 to the Present),” begins filming in spring 2015, with a planned premiere on Reelz sometime in 2016.

(Source: cbsnews.com)

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The Wedding That Changed American History

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By James W. Graham, author of Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea

Rose Fitzgerald’s father had doubts about Joseph Kennedy, but it’s a good thing she didn’t listen

100 years ago, on Oct. 7, 1914, John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, having just finished his term as mayor of Boston, walked his daughter Rose down the aisle to marry a guy he had doubts about. Sure, the bridegroom was then the youngest bank president in America, but Rose hadn’t dated around enough.

Making history

The man waiting at the altar was Joseph Kennedy, and their wedding probably influenced the course of American history more than any before or since, thanks to the fruit of their union. Of their nine children, three became United States senators: Edward, known as Ted; Robert, who also became U.S. attorney general; and Jack — John F. Kennedy — who became a president of no small consequence.

The other children round out the epic American story. The oldest, Joe Jr., died a hero’s death in World War II. Kathleen married the heir to a Duke but lost him in the war less than a month after losing her big brother. Kathleen died at 28 in a plane crash in France. Patricia married a Hollywood leading man, and Jean married a shrewd businessman who became a trusted financial and campaign adviser to the family. Rosemary was intellectually disabled, which led sister Eunice to pursue a lifelong calling that effectively redefined popular understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities through such programs as the Special Olympics.

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Joe and Rose were not a perfect couple by most standards. He was unfaithful, for years carrying on with film star Gloria Swanson. As parents, though, they did something indisputably right.

Of course, their children had the best education then available, from boarding schools to colleges like Harvard, Stanford and Princeton. Joe famously led spirited dinner-table discussions of public affairs and drove them to fierce competitiveness in sport. With Rose’s Catholic faith as moral compass and Joe’s money as enabler, the children followed lives dedicated to public service.

Sailing

And then there was sailing.

When he was president, JFK said privately that the family’s reputation for competitiveness, and his father’s insistence on winning at everything, was often overstated — except in that one arena. Most of the children were obsessive about sailing and winning races. Their parents bought them mostly small boats at first. When they became a family of ten, they named one of them Tenovus. With the birth of the youngest, Ted, the family named another boat,Onemore. In 1932, Joe and Rose bought their children a 25-ft. boat that Jack named Victura. The 15-year-old, a mediocre student of Latin, chose a word that meant “about to conquer.”

Jack and his big brother Joe later teamed up on the Harvard sailing team to win a major intercollegiate regatta. Not long after, they both went into the Navy, where Joe Jr. died and Jack narrowly survived a sinking of the boat under his command. Fifty years later, Ted said it was Jack’s experience on Victura that saved his life and most of his crew. Jack sailed Victura on Nantucket Sound through his presidency. Bobby and Ethel loved sailing it so much that a painting of the two of them sailing Victura hangs to this very day on the dining room wall of Ethel’s home at Hyannis Port. The painting was one of three of that boat, commissioned in 1963 by Kennedy sisters as Christmas presents for their three brothers. Jack did not live to receive his.

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When Ted died in 2009, among the many eulogists were four who all told stories of sailing with Ted on Victura. By then 77 years had passed since Joe and Rose bought it. All the children of Joe and Rose, and the Kennedys who came after, told and still tell stories of sailing together. But the sailing was nothing, really, compared to the other things they did.

Space

Before Jack died, he and his brothers loved talking about the space program that got us to the moon. Astronauts were sailing a “new ocean,” said Jack. Eunice campaigned tirelessly for her brothers and successfully made the capabilities of people with disabilities a cause all the family embraced, to this day. Now, together, they work on environmental causes, human rights and children’s interests.

To this day, the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Joe and Rose continue to pursue public service and, yes, sailing. They race boats identical to Victura, even taking them the 30 miles between Nantucket and the very same moorings their grandparents used all those years ago.

(Source: TIME)

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His interest in life had been his children—not his business, not his accomplishments, not his friends, but his children. Any lasting contributions we might have made have been in a large part due to the effect he had on our lives

Max Kennedy about Bobby

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Inside governor Cuomo’s new book: life with The Kennedys

Mr. Cuomo’s book demonstrates his affection for many members of the Kennedy family, particularly Ethel Kennedy, but the governor makes clear that that clan’s privileged lifestyle was, at least initially, an awkward fit for the Queens-born grandson of Italian immigrants.

In advance of his first trip to the Kennedy-family compound in Hyannis Port, Mr. Cuomo, nervous that he didn’t own the appropriate attire, went to a clothing store and purchased “every high-style summer garment,” including “polo shirts with multiple logos and windbreakers with fluorescent colors and designer loafers.”

Upon arriving at the compound, the family immediately insisted on sailing, at which point Mr. Cuomo changed into a “psychedelic bathing suit” and his new loafers. Out on the water, Ethel then tricked an unassuming Mr. Cuomo into jumping in after one of her sons, Michael, pretending that Michael was drowning when really he was engaged in “dragging,” a favorite family pastime in which a person is pulled along in the water by a rope attached to a boat.

Once in the water, Mr. Cuomo realized he couldn’t get climb up the rope and back into the boat without losing his bathing suit, which was too large and “was inching down my legs, headed back to Queens.”.

So he pretended to enjoy himself. “‘I’m having a great time!’ I called back. ‘I want to stay out!’ Somehow I held on until Ethel slowed near the mooring, and I could swim back.”

Divorce

Mr. Cuomo isn’t particularly forthcoming about the dissolution of his marriage to Kerry Kennedy, but he discloses that they saw a marriage counselor for a period before their divorce. “For me, divorce was not an option,” he writes. “For Catholics like us divorce was only for extreme situations, and only for someone else.”

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In the book, Mr. Cuomo claims he learned of Ms. Kennedy’s intention to divorce him from a reporter who called him for comment about it while he was driving to work one day.

“Coming after a campaign loss, the papers and my political enemies enjoyed throwing dirt on the grave,” he says. “This was sweeping across my life. Everybody knew it everywhere. … They knew I’d been knocked on my tuchus.”

Mr. Cuomo explained Wednesday that “even though Kerry had told me she wanted a divorce I thought I could fix it, I couldn’t accept it–it only became real when a reporter called and said she filed papers.”

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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Battenfeld: Joe K3 PAC opens door for gov run

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U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III has launched a state political action committee to help out fellow Massachusetts Democrats, a move that could help lay the groundwork for a future bid for governor or other statewide office, the Herald has learned.

Kennedy registered the PAC with his famous family name, Joe Kennedy III Mass PAC, last month, 
according to reports with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

The purpose of the PAC is “to further the goals of the Democratic party,” according to the filing statement.

Kennedy’s PAC should stir more speculation about the freshman congressman’s political future. Massachusetts Democrats have raved about his performance in 
office, and many expect him to at least consider a run for governor in four years if Attorney General Martha Coakley loses to Republican Charlie Baker next month.

Kennedy’s PAC allows him to give to legislative and municipal candidates in Massachusetts. The donations could help Kennedy build a network of supporters that includes mayors and lawmakers, an important step in any run for governor.

“Anybody who’s smart and wants to run for statewide office would do this,” one prominent Democratic strategist said.

A Republican strategist added: “It’s easy to make friends when you’re giving out money.”

Kennedy, who is running unopposed for a second term, raised his national profile last year by launching a federal political action committee, 4MA PAC, to support Democratic candidates for Congress. That PAC has doled out $55,200 to Democrats in this election cycle.

But it’s unusual for a congressman to form a state PAC, according to political strategists.

The only other member of the delegation with one is U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, but it has raised no money this year.

With the help of his last name, Kennedy has the potential to raise substantial sums of money quickly. He has raked in more than $6.5 million in the last three years to fund his first congressional race in 2012 and his re-election bid this year.

Kennedy’s state PAC hasn’t done any fundraising yet, but a spokeswoman said the congressman will raise money over the next month to boost local and state Democrats in tough races.

“Like many of his colleagues in public office, Joe is committed to helping good candidates across Massachusetts and building strong partnerships between local, state and federal lawmakers,” spokeswoman Emily Kaufman said.

While the Kennedy family once dominated Massachusetts politics, the Corner Office has eluded them. Kennedy III’s father, former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, planned a run for governor in 1998 but bowed out due to a rash of family scandals, including allegations of verbally abusive behavior from his first wife Sheila — the younger Kennedy’s mother — and the congressman’s late brother Michael’s affair with a teenage babysitter.

Kennedy II also decided not to run for governor in 2002 and 2006.

(Source: bostonherald.com)

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Cousinly argument between Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver:
"This is the President," said Maria
"No," objected Caroline. "That’s my Daddy."
"But he’s the President, too," countered Maria.
"No, no, that’s my Daddy.

Cousinly argument between Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver:

"This is the President," said Maria

"No," objected Caroline. "That’s my Daddy."

"But he’s the President, too," countered Maria.

"No, no, that’s my Daddy.

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