By Mark Mix
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Last summer, NBA veteran Jason Collins considered joining an old Stanford college roommate, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, at Boston's gay pride parade.
The bloom was off the rose for Democrats as their convention kicked off in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. The attempt to recapture the magic of the 2008 election is faltering as party faithful are running away from the incumbent candidate, President Obama, to preserve their own political careers.
Joseph Kennedy III now has a wedding to look forward to as he considers a congressional run in Massachusetts.
With the family shut out of the White House and Congress for the first time in more than a half-century, a scion of the Kennedy clan on Thursday took the first steps toward a run for retiring Rep. Barney Frank's Fourth District seat in Massachusetts.
"I didn't doubt for a second, knowing he was gay, that he would be the one to do it," Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, told The Associated Press. "I've never known him to look for publicity, or to look for the spotlight, but given that no one else would raise their hand, I knew he would do it."
Mr. Kennedy said he will begin "to reach out to the people of [Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District] in order to hear directly from them about the challenges they are facing."