September 6, 2009

THE BOLIVARIAN CANDIDATE:

As Joe Kennedy considers run, Chávez ties loom (Michael Rezendes and Noah Bierman, September 6, 2009, Boston Globe)

As Joseph P. Kennedy II contemplates a race to reclaim the Senate seat held by his family for nearly half a century, his most formidable obstacle may not be a Massachusetts politician but a political leader some 2,000 miles away: President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

Over the past four years, Citizens Energy Corp., the signature nonprofit founded by Kennedy in 1979 as a political launching pad, has grown from a local charity serving 10,000 Massachusetts homes a year into a national effort delivering free fuel to 200,000 households in 23 states.

And Kennedy, a former US representative, has relied almost exclusively on Chávez, a vociferous critic of the US government, for that growth.


It's a family tradition: first ties to Nazis, then to the Soviets and the IRA, now to our latest enemies.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2009 8:12 AM
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