by Jennifer Swift
May 20, 2014
07:40 AMConnecticut Politics
Ted Kennedy Jr. Tapped to Run for Connecticut State Senate Seat
Sean Carlin/New Haven Register
Ted Kennedy Jr. of Branford speaks at the American Legion Hall in Madison Monday.
In front of more than 50 supporters in a packed American Legion hall Monday, Branford resident Ted Kennedy Jr. was officially nominated as the Democratic candidate in the race for the 12th District state Senate seat.
Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, is seeking to succeed retiring state Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford, in his first bid for public office, and he told supporters in a 20-minute speech that he would work to “build bridges” in Hartford.
“We need good people in government who are able to build bridges and work together,” he said, citing his father’s ideals.
The 52-year-old health care attorney praised Meyer’s service in the Senate, lauding Meyer’s ability to bring the voices of his constituents to the state Capitol.
“Ed has been able to bring a powerful voice to bear,” said Kennedy, who added that he intends to build on Meyer’s record of serving constituents. “That is a tradition that I hope to emulate and follow.”
Supporters noted Kennedy’s perseverance through a bout with bone cancer as a 12-year-old that resulted in the amputation of his right leg.
Madison Selectman Al Goldberg spoke on behalf of Kennedy and remarked about what Kennedy has endured throughout his life.
“Ted’s life has been a profile in courage,” Goldberg said.