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USA Today: ‘A Kennedy seeks the Mass. Senate seat’

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Kennedypostermanual Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley, winners in Tuesday's Massachusetts primaries, will have some unexpected company as they campaign for the Jan. 19 special election to fill the Senate seat that was occupied by a Kennedy family member or friend for 56 years.

(John Kennedy, served from January 1953 until December 1960, when he resigned to become the nation's 35th president; at which point Benjamin Smith stepped in to fill the gap until the president's kid brother, Edward Kennedy, reached the constitutional age of 30. Elected in November 1962, the younger Kennedy would remain in the post for 47 years until his death in August. It is now held, on an interim basis, by former Edward Kennedy aide, Paul Kirk.)

Days after the senator's death, his nephew, former Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass., put an end to speculation that he'd take up the political dynasty's torch.

But another Joe Kennedy has entered the race. He's 38 years old, an information technology executive, and no kin to the famous family. Monday, he gave the Massachusetts secretary of state 13,000 signatures on petitions to get his name on the ballot next month as an independent. Kennedy told USA TODAY he used a combination of paid petition-circulators and volunteers to collect the signatures. "I have some money of my own," he said when asked how he financed the operation.

A libertarian, Joe "No Relation" Kennedy says he entered the race because he believes "the people need a choice." He says there's really no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties anymore. "Both are pro-war; both are pro-deficit; both pull our civil liberties away from us in different ways," he says.

He says he doesn't think his name represents a huge political advantage. "I think the average voter within Massachusetts is savvy enough to understand who I am and who I am not," Kennedy says. You can see him describing a little bit about his background below. More videos are on his website:

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  1. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution December 10, 2009

    From what I can tell, he is the only independent on the ballot. But if there is a write-in space on the ballot, I bet the other independents will decide to run on that.

  2. Aroundtheblockafewtimes Aroundtheblockafewtimes December 10, 2009

    Good luck and best wishes. Libertarians certainly need someone who can challenge Demopublicans and articulately present libertarian ideas. However, I kinda wish his name was Jones or something other than Kennedy because it will be impossible to tell from his vote totals if our message is being accepted by more citizens or if many of his votes were from voters simply ignorant of the fact that they weren’t voting to continue the Kennedy dynasty.

  3. paulie paulie December 10, 2009

    And this just went out to 10,000 or so opt-in libertarian subscribers….

    Here’s a message from LIBERTARIAN Joe Kennedy:

    Dear Fellow Libertarian,

    Have you had enough of the job losses, deficit spending, taxation and foreign policy fiascos? Are you tired of the endless intrusion on your rights? Do you think we need to demand equality for all, and put government back in its place: serving the population? So do I.

    We all know both the Republicans and Democrats in Washington have shown their determination for out of control spending, endless war and entitlements that are bankrupting our nation. It’s time to break the cycle, and now we can. My name is Joe Kennedy and I am a member of the National Libertarian Party who is running as an Independent in the Massachusetts Special Election on January 19th, 2010 to take the U.S Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy (no relation to me).

    A donation to my campaign is a donation to take America back, refocus government on what America needs and ensure that our rights and wallets are intact for the future. Please consider a donation of $100 to the campaign, although any amount will help send an unmistakable message to Washington.

    Don’t sit still; let your voice be heard! Please consider supporting me in my quest for a seat in the Senate just as I support the rest of you in your quest for Life, Liberty and Happiness.

    Please go to

    to make an online donation or you can send a check to:

    Committee to Elect Joe Kennedy to Senate
    P.O. Box 368
    Needham Heights, MA 02494-0003

    Thank you for your generous support. Together we will take back America!

    In Liberty,

    Joe Kennedy

  4. paulie paulie December 10, 2009

    Posted on twitter and facebook:

    Media Blitz
    Tue at 8:51pm
    Dear Supporters.

    Today we added to our total count and we officially ended with 13,998 validated signatures. Not too bad for being told: IT CAN NOT BE DONE. Having said that we now have our next battle which is media attention. I spent over 3 hours on the phone today (mostly on hold) and the media does not want to give equal attention to non-party candidates. So I am asking you to reach out to any media you know and request more news about Independents (namely Joe Kennedy). Pick up the phone, go to blogs, sites, anywhere and post information about the campaign or just a simple link to the campaign site Recruit others to do the same. Also if you have other sites people can call please post them here to let people know about them. If you all spent just 10 minutes informing and reaching out to the media, we would get all the attention we need.

    Here are links to Blogs, Radio and Television Stations you can call on our behalf.
    Blogs to Post At:

    Media to Call:

    Sites to contact:

    Thank you for your continued support.


  5. paulie paulie December 10, 2009

    Campaign updates from Joe at

    A Campaign Challenge.
    I have taken an unpaid leave of absence from my employer for this campaign. I personally do not believe that tax payers (or employers) should be paying us when we are not doing our jobs. I am asking if the other candidates would be willing to forego/give back their salaries for the amount of time they have been campaigning and for the duration: through January 20th? I look forward to their response.
    Joe Kennedy

    Welcome to the ballot.
    I would formally like to extend congratulations to Martha Coakley and Scott Brown for their victories this evening. It is nice to have them join the ballot and I look forward to the opportunity to debate the issues with them in the near future.

    All the best
    Joe Kennedy

    We are officially on the ballot.

    This morning (December 7th) we handed in and certified 13,998 signatures. We are officially the first candidate on the final ballot for the January 19th 2010 US Senate Election. My gratitude to all of you who made this possible. We are well on our way to returning government to the people.

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