Kennedy, Joseph P. II
|Birthname||Joseph Patrick Kennedy II|
|born on||24 September 1952 at 12:15 (= 12:15 PM )|
|Place||Brighton, Massachusetts, 42n21, 71w09|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||01°33' 04°14 Asc. 06°52'|
American politician and child of a noted family, the eldest son of Ethel and Robert Kennedy.
A born crusader and activist, he won the election to U.S. Congress 11/4/1986. By April 1997, a six-term Congressman, he prepared to run for Governor of Massachusetts. At the same time, his ex-wife, Sheila Rausch Kennedy, put out her autobiography, "Shattered Faith," in which she described him as hot-tempered and impatient, badgering her for an annulment of the 12-year marriage. They did obtain a civil divorce in 1991; two years later he sought an annulment so he could marry longtime aide Beth Kelly in a Catholic ceremony, 1993. The annulment, which Sheila contested, would name their twin sons, born in 1980, as bastards in the eyes of the Church.
Kennedy was able to avoid the family attraction to scandal even though he had a reputation for being temperamental. Not an intellectual or particularly gifted in his pubic life, Kennedy was nonetheless popular with the voters and was a formidable candidate in the 1998 Governor's race.
On 3/13/1998, he startled his constituents with the announcement that he would not seek a seventh term in Congress, becoming the first member of the Kennedy clan to leave elective office voluntarily. The prior year was, even by Kennedy standard, a rough one. In March 1997, his ex-wife's book came out and in April, the news broke about his brother Michael's affair with his kids' teenage babysitter. Michael had served as his campaign manager and headed Citizens Energy Corp., founded by Joe in 1979 to offer low-cost heating oil to the poor and now a $32 million conglomerate. For every media interview, the press wanted to know about his divorce and about Joe. In August, his cousin John F. Kennedy, in his magazine, George, described his cousins (unnamed) as "poster boys for bad behavior." Joe concluded by then that he was scrapping plans for a 1998 run at the Massachusetts governorship. In a year that was bad, it became worse with Michael's death in a skiing accident on New Year's Eve.
Joe announced that he would focus his energy on his 17-year-old twins and on Michael's three kids, age 10 through 15. His zeal for the public life has been flagging since 1994 when the Republicans took control of the House. His enthusiasm seemed to be shifting away from politics as he apparently grew weary of the routine: he just wanted to go fishing. He became more active in Citizens Energy and his face continues to be shown in TV ads for the low-cost heating fuel. In late June 2007, it was revealed that the annulment of his previous marriage had been rescinded by the Vatican.
- parent->child relationship with Kennedy, Joseph P. III (born 4 October 1980)
- parent->child relationship with Kennedy, Matthew R. (born 4 October 1980)
- child->parent relationship with Kennedy, Ethel (born 11 April 1928)
- child->parent relationship with Kennedy, Robert F. (born 20 November 1925)
- sibling relationship with Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy (born 8 September 1959)
- sibling relationship with Hill, Courtney Kennedy (born 9 September 1956)
- sibling relationship with Kennedy, Christopher (born 4 July 1963)
- sibling relationship with Kennedy, Rory (born 12 December 1968)
- sibling relationship with Townsend, Kathleen Kennedy (born 4 July 1951)
- Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 13 August 1973 (Rolled vehicle, female passenger paralyzed)
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- Social : End a program of study 1976 (Graduated Univ. of MA, legal education)
- Relationship : Marriage 1979 (First wife Sheila Rausch)
- Relationship : Divorce dates 1991 (Divorce first wife)
- Relationship : Marriage 1993 (Beth Kelly, second wife)
- Social : Great Publicity June 2007 (Vatican's rescinding of his annulment was announced)
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- Traits : Personality : Temper (Hot temper)
- Family : Childhood : Family noted (Kennedys)
- Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Dad shot)
- Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eldest)
- Family : Relationship : Divorce bitter
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Birthing - Twins, triplets, etc. (Twin boys)
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Catholic)
- Vocation : Business : Business owner (Citizens Energy Corp.)
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (Congress, six terms)