Book Tour Puts Ted Jr. in Spotlight

Kennedy son, advocate for the disabled, may yet enter politics
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2009 5:09 PM CDT
Book Tour Puts Ted Jr. in Spotlight
Edward Kennedy Jr., kisses the casket of his father at the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

When Ted Kennedy Jr. starts publicizing his late father’s memoir on 60 Minutes tonight, he will emerge into a political spotlight he has shunned since losing a leg to cancer more than 30 years ago, the Boston Globe reports. Friends have tried to prod him into office, but for now he “wants the world to see" that his father "was an incredibly spiritual person,” a family friend says.

Kennedy said last week he had no plans to run for office, but left the possibility open. “I’m told one day my children will not want to hang out with me,’’ he said. “Maybe at that time I’ll consider that.’’ More grounded than other, more reckless Kennedys of years past, Ted Jr. has focused on fighting for the disabled. “He doesn’t seek the spotlight,’’ a colleague says. “He seeks to do the work.’’
(Read more Ted Kennedy Jr stories.)

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