Kennedy Takes 4th Congressional Seat
By Monique Scott
Boston University News Service
NEWTON – Massachusetts will send another Kennedy to Congress in January, following Joseph Kennedy III’s easy victory in the redrawn 4th Congressional District.
As the crowd gathered in a Newton motel cheered “Let’s Go Joe,” the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy walked across stage to tell the appreciative crowd, “This is an incredible moment.”
Kennedy, whose father Joseph Kennedy II, also served in Congress, defeated Republican Sean Bielat with a preliminary 64 to 36 percent lead, to fill the seat left by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, who is retiring after 30 years.
Kennedy offered a special “shout out,” to Frank, for his support throughout the campaign.
“I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” he said. “Words can’t do justice for what you’ve done for the people of this district and of the country.”
Kennedy also praised Bielat for running a good campaign, praising him for his hard work and dedication to the state.
Kennedy was introduced by Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who shared his moments with Kennedy he campaigned, listening to the voters concerns.
“He walked the streets with me but more importantly, he listened to the concerns of the people,” said Warren.
The former prosecutor for the Middlesex County and Harvard Law grad, campaigned on the promise to help create middle class jobs by supporting alternative energy, public education and creating capital for small businesses.
“This is the best part of the longest days,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy thanked his family and election workers.
“I have the best campaign staff ever assembled,” he said.
As Kennedy came to the end of his speech, he thanked his fiancé and gave her all the praise for being his “sanity,” throughout the campaign.
The crowd cheered again as Kennedy smiled.
“Go celebrate!” he said. “We are just getting started.”