Yesterday evening former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend hosted a fundraiser for her godson Joseph P. Kennedy III, the 31-year-old son of her brother Joe Kennedy II. The family’s latest rising star, a former Peace Corps volunteer and Massachusetts prosecutor, is running for the congressional seat vacated by the irascible Barney Frank.
Obviously, the Stanford and Harvard Law-educated Kennedy is not a Marylander (you would have heard of him by now), nonetheless his aunt was able to draw all the important politicos: Governor Martin O’Malley, Congressman John Sarbanes, former Senator Joe Tydings and old family friend (and the man who introduced the candidate’s parents, according to Townsend) Tommy Caplan and more. Governor O’Malley made mention of the likelihood that many in the audience would also be at the Baltimore Hyatt Regency fundraiser today for President Obama, which he added, “makes for an exciting — and expensive — week in Maryland!” The crowd was unfazed: Aunt Kathleen’s event raised over $65,000 for young Joe.
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