President John Kennedy with his children, nieces and nephews in 1963. Ted Kennedy, Jr. is standing far left in the front row.
My post last week about the potential senate candidacy of Ted Kennedy, Jr. was one of my most read entries in a while, and I received plenty of comments and e-mails about it. The link to that report is below. If Kennedy runs, the campaign would coincide with copious 50th anniversary commemorations of his uncle’s presidency. The Branford Democrat would be the first Kennedy to appear on a Connecticut ballot since 1960.
One viewer asked me how many people even remember the days of President Kennedy, arguing most people know about the Kennedy administration solely through history books.
According to the Secretary of the State’s office, the state currently has 288,690 registered voters who were old enough to have voted for John Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. For that matter, old enough to have voted for Richard Nixon. Kennedy won Connecticut with 53.7% of the vote to Nixon’s 46.3%.
Many more voters certainly can remember President Kennedy, even though they weren’t old enough to have voted for him. Denise D’Ascenzo was a child when Kennedy was assassinated yet vividly remembers that horrible day and other moments of his presidency.
At last check there were roughly 2,000,000 registered voters in Connecticut. The 288,690 Kennedy/Nixon figure will of course be smaller by November 2012 as some voters die off between now and then.
Still. a decent chunk of the electorate voting next year will be able to remember the Kennedy era, but it is anyone’s guess how many remember it fondly, and whether its association with Ted Kennedy, Jr. would sway them in their decision making process as they choose a senator.
On the eve of the 1960 election, John Kennedy came to downtown Hartford for a last minute campaign stop at the Hartford Times Building. If Ted Kennedy, Jr. decides to run for the senate, I’m sure one of his advisors will be suggesting that historic building as the place to kick off the campaign.
Why Kennedy Might Run, and Why He Might Not: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/why-ted-kennedy-jr-might-run-and-why-he-might-not/