Joe Kennedy III Wins Fourth Congressional District Seat

Retiring Barney Frank will be succeeded by scion of Kennedy political dynasty.


Joe Kennedy III will be a new U.S. Congressman  from Massachusetts.

At around 9:30 p.m., the Associated Press called the race for 32-year old Kennedy, who lives in Brookline, as he was beating by a 2-1 margin Norfolk Republican Sean Bielat in the race to represent the redrawn Fourth Congressional District.

Rep. Barney Frank, a media celebrity Tuesday night at Kennedy's celebration party at the Newton Marriott Hotel, is retiring after serving the Fourth District since 1981.

Yes, the Kennedys are a famous political family, but Joe III especially follows family tradition with this particular win: his father, Joe Kennedy II, served as Congressman from Massachusetts (in the 8th Congressional District) from 1987-1999. And his great-uncle, who went on to become Pres. John F. Kennedy, got his political start in 1946 running for the 11th District seat in Massachusetts. 

Joe Kennedy III is also the grandson of attorney general and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, and the great-nephew of the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Still, Joe III brings his own resume: he served in the Peace Corps (started by great-uncle Sargent Shriver during great-uncle John Kennedy's administration) in the Dominican Republic (2004-2006).

Joe III also was a prosecutor in the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office (2009-1011); he moved to the Middlesex County DA's office  in September, 2011. He resigned that post (in January) after deciding to seek office.

Republican foe Sean Bielat repeatedly said during the campaign that Kennedy was too young and inexperienced to be in the race; that he was just trading on his family name. However, neither Kennedy nor Bielat, himself only 37, had ever been elected to public office. 

Bielat has served four years in active duty and 10 years in reserve in the Marine Corps. He also served as an executive at iRobot; he is currently CEO of a startup website, OneClickPolitics.com.

Speaking at his victory party tonight, Kennedy paid tribute to Bielat, especially pointing out the ex-Marine's military service and community service.

Bielat in return tonight spoke well of Kennedy.

"I want to start by congratulating Joe Kennedy," Bielat said in his concession speech at the Needham Sheraton Hotel. "He was gracious when I called him."

Would Bielat have won if a Kennedy hadn't entered the race?

Bielat supporter Sid Krimsky told Patch reporter Brooklyn Lowery: "I truly believe Sean would have won had Kennedy not come into the race."

"There probably is somebody who can beat a Kennedy in Massachusetts," said Bielat supporter Dory Silverstein, "but not somebody who is a relative unknown." 

At his victory party tonight, Kennedy said: "I am humbled, I am grateful and I am ready to get to work."

David Saad November 07, 2012 at 03:56 AM
And here we go again. I'm embarassed that My fellow Massachusetts residents cannot get off of the Kennedy drug. What have these people done to improve our lives. The "Joe's Oil" for the people was a dismal failure. I know a minimum of 10 people that couldn't even get their voices heard. Pathetic!!!
Dennis Naughton November 07, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Wow! What a bright future for the 4th CD! It's a real plus for people that Joe was a huge winner in the race. Stay tuned for positive things for our district.
paul November 07, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Dave, our fellow Massachusetts residents like having a Kennedy in office. It's a love or hate thing, just like Republicans can't get enough religion. I see Joe taking the John Kerry seat and someday running for President. You should be proud to be from Massachusetts and try to be a good sport. Joe won by a landslide and anyone with any political brains knew he would. Massachusetts will always be blue, my favorite color since your art class.
Amy November 07, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The good people of Venezuela will be very happy.
Frank DelVecchio November 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The fact of the matter is that 4th Congressional District voters were repelled by a bitter, negative campaign. In my Town of Mansfield, for example, Sen. Brown won going away; President Obama won with a small margin, and Bielat lost. There’s a reason for that vote dropoff, and I doubt it’s because Brown supporters are enamored of the Kennedy name.
Brian R. McCaughrin January 13, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Janet Sroczynski January 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Ken B. January 14, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Was JoKe the one injured when pops lit off the fireworks or his twin ? Can't remember. I do remember though, that it was Pam Kelly who JoKe's dad rolled over his Jeep on, causing her to be paralyzed for life. So many Kennedys, so many victims in their war on women, hard to remember.
Dennis Naughton January 14, 2013 at 02:49 PM
http://www.massdems.org/ Please note the difference between the Republican and Democratic state websites. The former is angry, negative and lives in the past. The latter is issue-oriented and looks to the future. If you live in Foxborough check out foxborodems.org and follow Foxborough Democrats on twitter at foxydems2012.
Dennis Naughton January 14, 2013 at 02:56 PM
KenB, who lacks the courage to use his own name, is a perfect example of being angry,negative and living in the past. This is the same kind of character assassination that substitutes for ideas for so many of the people who ride the elephant.
Janet Sroczynski January 14, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Pitch in and find all the unemployed jobs!
Emcee of Seekonk January 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Naughton, I challenge you to write something positive, upbeat and current about Scott Brown. Do you like him? Will you vote for him? We all know why Kennedy got elected, even those who ride donkeys should understand it.
Dennis Naughton January 14, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Positive: Scott Brown is well groomed. Upbeat: Scott Brown is no longer in the US Senate. Current: Scott Brown is in a battle with Rep. Dan Winslow for control of the MA GOP.
Emcee of Seekonk January 14, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I'll give you a weak C for your effort, mostly because you left off two questions. As far as Scott Brown in a battle with Dan Winslow, I can find no evidence of that. The left-leaning Boston Globe hasn't reported on it that I can find. But, then again, I'm not a Republican therefore not privy to inside information.
Ken B. January 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Same old, tired old, Dennis. Nothing to say to Avon whose moniker is that of a drug kingpin TV character ? Oh that's right, you both share the same liberal viewpoints. Angry ? No basis there pal, typical democrat name caller. "Living in the past ?" Too bad Pam Kelly can't do that. Kennedy apologist much ?


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