US Rep. Kennedy: Democrats must heed voters’ economic fears

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press

BOSTON — He’s heir to a famed political family that traces its roots back to Boston’s bare-knuckled campaigns when Democratic ward bosses kept a close ear to the city’s narrow streets and tenement hallways.

Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy says contemporary party leaders could take a page from that history by listening harder to the economic worries of Democratic voters who bolted the party in November.

It’s not always an easy message for Democrats still reeling from Donald Trump’s win to hear, especially in a state that handed Hillary Clinton a 27-point margin.

But Kennedy said Democrats have little choice.

“There was a message sent on this Election Day where many voters that had traditionally come back home to the Democratic Party didn’t,” Kennedy told The Associated Press. “I think not taking the time to ask the question why, to listen to their response, and to try to understand why we lost some folks that had been in support of Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party for so long is folly.”

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Joe Kennedy III Plans to Protest in the Boston Women’s March

Town & Country

Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, has said he will attend the Boston Women’s March on Saturday. In keeping with his family’s political tradition, Kennedy currently serves as the representative for the fourth district of Massachusetts.

According to a tweet posted on the lawmaker’s official campaign account on January 18, he will walk alongside his wife, Lauren, his young daughter, Ellie, as well as the Massachusetts chapter of Planned Parenthood, which could lose federal funding under the Trump administration.

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Joe Kennedy pleads with Dems to win back votes

Bob McGovern, Boston Herald

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, breaking ranks with other Democrats who are trashing President-elect Donald Trump and boycotting his inaugural, is imploring his party’s rank and file to figure out why middle American voters went Republican in November.

“Somewhere along the way, we lost their trust. We have to get it back,” Kennedy said, departing from many in his party who have sought to cast blame for the loss elsewhere.

Kennedy rallied roughly 160 Democrats in a high school cafeteria in deep-blue Newton, giving a brief outline of what he sees as the future of his party.

An important step, he said, is to find out why people voted for Trump, rather than reacting to everything he posts on Twitter.

“The danger with going down that road is that it risks distracting us from what the core message was on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8,” Kennedy said. “For some reason this time, they decided to trust Donald Trump with their vote.”

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Democrats should heed Joe Kennedy’s message

Joe Battenfeld, Boston Herald

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office, he’ll see a Kennedy in the crowd, and he might be shocked to find the young Massachusetts congressman a voice of reason in the Democratic party.

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III says he never considered skipping Trump’s inauguration like other Democrats and has a message that some voters in his own party won’t want to hear.

“It (the inaugural) is an opportunity to recognize that an awful lot of people around the world are still fighting for a political system where there is a peaceful transfer of power,” he said at a party gathering in Newton last night. “That’s something to celebrate.”

Celebrate? Yikes. Don’t tell that to Democrats who view Trump’s ascension to the White House as a sign of the apocalypse.

Kennedy also told liberal Democrats last night they need to empathize with Trump supporters and that chastising them for their decision isn’t the right strategy moving forward.

“Folks, we lost their trust and being mortified and mystified about their vote doesn’t bring it back,” Kennedy said.

If that doesn’t sound like a Kennedy, you’re right. The 36-year-old, three-term lawmaker from Brookline isn’t a traditional flamethrower or into publicity stunts like inaugural boycotts.

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Rep. Kennedy urges Senate to nix Trump attorney general pick

Associated Press

BOSTON – Congressman Joe Kennedy is urging the U.S. Senate to reject President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions.

The Massachusetts Democrat pointed to what he called the Alabama Republican’s “unwavering belief that civil rights should not extend to women, minorities or the LGBT community.”

Kennedy went on to say in a statement today that entrusting the obligations of the Justice Department “to a man who opposes the Voting Rights Act, supports a ban on same-sex marriage and rejected the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act would halt our country’s march toward equality.”

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