Needham residents may have seen a CBS TV news crew around town this weekend or early Monday, as part of a report on the Joe Kennedy III campaign.
In the video, which can be viewed online, Kennedy’s famous family roots are highlighted, and clips are shown of the candidate walking through neighborhoods in Needham and nearby and meeting with voters.
Kennedy, a Democrat, is running against Republican Sean Bielat for U.S. Congress, for Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District seat—a seat formerly held by Rep. Barney Frank.
Kennedy and Bielat recently had their first election debate at the WCVB-TV 5 studios in Needham. The debate was taped and aired Sunday, Sept. 30.
In the CBS video, Kennedy’s connection to other famous politicians is highlighted, and at least one supporter suggests Kennedy could be looking at a presidential run in the future—although the candidate says in the video that he is focused on the current race.
Kennedy is the grandson of Robert Kennedy, and his great-uncles are President John F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy.
In the video clip, Kennedy’s opponent, Bielat, argues that the Democratic candidate does not have the experience and qualifications needed for the job of U.S. Congressman, and that Kennedy is relying largely on the power of his name.
What do you think? Does Joe Kennedy III have the qualifications for the position? Would you vote for a candidate based on name recognition and family connections? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.