The Energy Senator… from Massachusetts? * updated*

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy was known for his work on health care, a topic he had near encyclopedic knowledge about, according to some. Who will fill his vacant seat has been a touchy subject in New England, but it could be filled by another Kennedy — Joe, the son of the late Robert Kennedy.
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update: Joe Kennedy said Monday he won’t run.
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joe_kennedy Joseph Kennedy II was in Houston in 2008 for the launch of a pilot program pairing his group, Citizens Energy, and Venezuela-owned Citgo, to save energy by giving away compact fluorescent light bulbs. (Leonardo Carrizo/Chronicle)

Joe Kennedy served in Congress previously (and has some baggage, according to this NPR piece) but he also knows a little something about energy as head of a energy-centric non-profit Citizens Energy (which no way in a million years would be confused with Energy Citizens).
Granted, his group has a lot more experience giving away energy than actually making money off it. And the group gets much of its free heating oil from Citgo, which is owned by the Venezuelan government, which is headed by … you get the picture.
But the notion of a New England senator with some hands-on experience with energy might strike some people from Texas and the rest of the oil and gas producing states as a bit unusual. Almost as unusual as a New England congressman leading the charge on a major piece of energy legislation.

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