Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Another Kennedy Announces Political Campaign

Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, announced that she will challenge Democrat-turned-Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew in New Jersey’s 2nd District.

Van Drew represents a swing district in the southern part of the Garden State and switched parties during the impeachment proceedings.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman reports:

Kennedy, a former public school teacher and years-long resident of Brigantine, N.J., announced her candidacy for the House seat representing New Jersey’s 2nd district in an online video on Monday highlighting environmental issues and the economy.

Kennedy currently serves as the education director of the Kennedy Forum, which was founded in 2013 by her husband and focuses on helping officials improve mental health care policy. Patrick Kennedy served eight terms as a congressman representing Rhode Island and is the son of late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, and nephew of late President John F. Kennedy.

In the video, Kennedy also took a direct swipe at Van Drew, who announced his party switch last month after the House voted to approve two articles of impeachment—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—against the president. Van Drew opposed those articles.

“Too many of our leaders have lost their moral compass,” Kennedy said in the video. “Trump and Van Drew are symptoms of a bigger sickness affecting our country and our politics. Doing what’s right shouldn’t be complicated. Treat one another with respect, show some compassion, look out for others.”

The Cook Political Report lists the race as “Lean Republican.”

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