Is the Kennedy dynasty about to be resurrected?
Joseph P Kennedy III, the grandson of the assassinated Robert Kennedy, is reportedly considering a run for Congress this year in a bid to resurrect the dynasty of America's most famous political family.
Mr Kennedy, a 31-year-old Massachusetts prosecutor, is in the final stages of preparing a Congressional run, with hopes to succeed Barney Frank, the retiring Democratic Representative, according to the Boston Globe and Rhode Island Public Radio.
Should Mr Kennedy win a seat in the House of Representatives, his family would return to national politics for the first time since Patrick Kennedy – son of the clan's late patriarch Edward Kennedy – left office early last year. He would also be the first of his Kennedy generation to seek political office.
The congressional hopeful, son of former representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, is an assistant district attorney in Middlesex county.
He speaks Spanish fluently, and graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, according to his biography on the website of the prosecutor's office.
In a statement issued to the newspapers, he said: "I am announcing today my intention to explore a candidacy for the United States Congress in the Fourth District of Massachusetts."
The committee is an important legal step that would allow him to start raising campaign funds, as well as preparing to quit his job at the district attorney's office.
"My decision to look seriously at elected office is grounded in a deep commitment to public service and my experience – both my own and that of my family – in finding just, practical, and bipartisan solutions to difficult challenges," Mr Kennedy said in the statement.
One or more members of the storied and troubled US political clan have served in Washington since John F. Kennedy successfully ran for a House seat from Massachusetts in 1946, before going on to win the presidency.
The death in 2009 of Senator Edward Kennedy was seen as a landmark, leaving no Kennedys in high political office and ending the last high-profile public link to the era of the assassinated JFK.
The Kennedys were once an unbeatable political brand in liberal Massachusetts, but their decline came into relief when a special election to fill Edward Kennedy's vacated Senate seat was won by Republican Scott Brown.