Will Connecticut follow the lead of neighboring Massachusetts and send a Kennedy to a prominent political position, even though he’s never even run for dogcatcher before?
Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late lion of the United States Senate, is mulling a run for the Connecticut state Senate. But unlike many of his ancestors, siblings and cousins, this Kennedy has waited patiently and aimed lower — a refreshing sign of humility typically lacking in political dynasties.
Still, there are others who are surely better qualified to fill the shoes of the retiring Sen. Edward Meyer, the 80-year-old Guilford Democrat who enjoys the rare distinction of having served in two different state legislatures — New York and Connecticut — during a long career as a lawmaker and attorney.
As former state Republican Chairman Chris Healy said recently, the Kennedys tend to run in safe districts and states where they are revered. They prefer locations where fellow Democrats will simply get out the way and where Republicans are hard to find.
Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.