Boston City Councilman Mike Ross (D) will not run for Massachusetts’ 4th district open seat, he announced Monday.
Ross was the first potential candidate to form an exploratory committee to succeed retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D). His decision to forgo a bid practically clears the field for attorney Joseph Kennedy III, who has formed an exploratory committee and is likely to announce a full-blown campaign soon.
Kennedy, the son of former Rep. Joe Kennedy, will have all the benefits — and burdens — of being the scion of America’s most storied political family.
While two Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination, Democrats are almost certain to hold the district. Roll Call rates the race Safe Democratic.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.