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Robert Kennedy's grandson elected to Congress

THE Kennedy family has regained its place in Washington after Robert Kennedy's grandson was elected to the US Congress.

Joe Kennedy III overwhelmed his Republican opponent in Massachusetts -- the family's traditional power base -- by a 25-point margin.

America's most famous political dynasty was represented in the US capital continuously from 1947 -- when a young John F Kennedy won a seat in Massachusetts -- until two years ago, when Patrick Kennedy retired as a representative for Rhode Island.

The newest Mr Kennedy (32), will carry the family standard as he begins a political career that many speculate may lead to a run for the White House.

He made no mention of his forebears yesterday as he claimed victory in the wealthy suburb of Newton, promising to be an advocate for the middle class.

"We each want the opportunity to make the most of what we've got," he told supporters.

Mr Kennedy said he was determined not to rely on his famous surname.

"It's important that people understand I'm running -- it's not my grandfather, it's not my father, it's not either one of my grandfather's brothers or anyone else in my family," he said.

The newly-elected congressman had worked briefly as a state prosecutor and before that was in the Peace Corps, the government volunteer programme founded by President Kennedy. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent