REP. KENNEDY TAKES STOCK OF DEMS DURING SPEECH IN TEXAS
By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 11, 2017....When Joseph Kennedy III and his uncle Ted Kennedy visited Texas in 2008, to stump for presidential candidate Barack Obama, the pair met a handful of voters late one night at a hall in Laredo.
"Uncle Teddy didn't blink. Without missing a beat, he got behind the mic, raised his hands, and belted out 'Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes' in his booming Boston accent," the younger Kennedy recalled in a Saturday night speech in Texas, according to his prepared remarks. "The crowd went crazy for the old ranchero song and the Massachusetts mariachi who sang it."
Kennedy, a Brookline Democrat who now represents the 4th Congressional District, was the keynote speaker at the Texas Democrats annual Johnson-Jordan Dinner at Austin's Hotel Van Zandt, where he stressed his family's connections to the Lone Star State as part of a broader call for unity in what he described as "perilous times."
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