by Max Brantley
Democrat Patrick Kennedy to Launch Exploratory Committee for Congressional Bid
Little Rock, Ark. - Patrick Kennedy, a potential Democratic candidate from Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District, announced that he is forming a committee to explore the possibility of running for the office currently held by U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder.
Kennedy, the director of public programs and public policy at the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, has been a driving force in helping expand the reach of public service throughout Arkansas and the nation. Since 2006, he has directed one of the largest and most successful graduate school speaker programs in the country, which has included four Nobel Prize winners, 10 Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 ambassadors, six presidents, 11 U.S. Senators, nine cabinet secretaries, eight governors and two four-star generals.
“Over the past several weeks, I have been approached by many friends and supporters encouraging me to run for Congress," Kennedy says. "Congressman Snyder has done a terrific job representing the citizens of Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District, and we need to ensure that we continue his work while bringing a fresh attitude and a new energy."
Kennedy credits his experiences at the Clinton School and as a reporter at MTV News as providing a unique opportunity to listen and learn from a vast array of constituencies. "There have been no better laboratories to gauge the public's frustration with the political system and the lack of authenticity in Washington."
Kennedy will spend the next several weeks traveling throughout the 2nd district to meet with party leaders and voters to discuss his potential candidacy. But most importantly, Kennedy will assess the public's notions of accountability.
"If the people expect a certain change, they must not only hold politicians to a higher level of accountability, but also themselves. I know it's not the most popular stance, but it's something the public needs to hear."