Joe Kennedy’s website: http://joekennedyforsenate.com/
The article begins:
His campaign headquarters are in his home. No one on his campaign staff works full time, and he cannot afford to pay them anyway.
He can hardly believe he’s on the ballot himself.
Meet Joseph Lewis Kennedy, who wants to be your next US senator.
Kennedy, a 38-year-old information technology executive from Dedham, is waging a quixotic independent bid for the seat that became vacant when Edward M. Kennedy (no relation) died in August. He is an active Libertarian and advocates a diminished role for the federal government.
“I’m not an attorney general, and I’m not a state senator,’’ Kennedy said, alluding to the Democratic nominee, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and the Republican nominee, state Senator Scott P. Brown.
“I have a desk that I go to every day, and I know what people who pay taxes care about,’’ he said. “I’m that guy, too.’’
Kennedy’s candidacy, once thought to pose a possible problem for the Democratic nominee simply because of the political appeal of his name, has been seized on for strategic advantage by Coakley and is now a potential thorn in the side of Brown.
Viser goes on to say,
Kennedy’s candidacy has been the hot topic in the early stages of the Jan. 19 special election, largely overshadowing any discussions of Afghanistan, health care, and domestic economic policy.
Republican Scott Brown is quoted as saying
I have to be honest with you, I don’t know anything about him. I didn’t know until this weekend that he was even on the ballot […]
As far as I could tell, the rest of the article is accurate, except that it claims that Kennedy is on the Libertarian National Committee, whereas he is actually only on the party’s State Committee and is a regular member of the national Libertarian Party.
Globe reporter Viser’s view that “Kennedy’s candidacy has been the hot topic in the early stages of the Jan. 19 special election” appears to be borne out by the coverage at non-partisan blog Kennedy Seat, which covers all three candidates in the race. In this morning’s roundup, 3 of 4 items were about Kennedy.
Joe is also currently dominating the google news top search results for “libertarian,” “independent candidate,” “Joe Kennedy” and “Kennedy,” eclipsing (at least for the time being) Joseph P. Kennedy and the Kennedy “clan.”