Speaking to reporters Tuesday night on the eve of Massachusetts’ Democrats losing the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Kennedy’s son, Patrick, told reporters that voters were out for “blood.”
Politico noted Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s comments late Tuesday.
As election returns came in Tuesday night, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said it’s clear that voters wanted “a whipping boy” for all the lost jobs and foreclosed homes.
“It’s like in Roman times, they’d be trotted out to the coliseum and the lions would be brought out,” Kennedy told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday night. “I mean, they’re wanting blood and they’re not getting it so they want to protest, and, you know, you can’t blame them. But frankly, the fact is we inherited this mess and it’s becoming ours…
“It wasn’t my dad’s seat; it was Massachusetts’s seat,” Kennedy said. “My dad was honored to occupy it every six years when the people of Massachusetts voted him in again.”
Kennedy wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about state attorney general Martha Coakley, who lost the race to Republican Scott Brown.
“This is about messaging,” he remarked. “You gotta be on your ‘A’ game, you gotta be a good politician, you gotta get out there and tell them the story. And once they know, voters will respond.”
But “I belong to an unorganized party,” he added. “It’s the Democratic Party. You know, that’s the nature of the beast. Deal with it.”
Kennedy says he chose not to run for his father’s seat because he didn’t want voters to think the Kennedys were entitled. Prior to Sen. Ted Kennedy, the seat was also occupied by former President John F. Kennedy.