12/24/2012 02:11 pm ET Updated Dec 24, 2012

Ted Kennedy Jr.: Massachusetts Senate Run Won't Happen

Ted Kennedy Jr. (D), a son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D), said he will not run for Senate in Massachusetts if John Kerry (D-Mass.) is confirmed as the next secretary of state.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said his brother was considering a run after receiving calls from several people close to their late father, the AP reported Saturday.

But in a statement released Monday, Kennedy Jr. denied any desire to run for office in Massachusetts.

“Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and I hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy's statement said, according to the Boston Globe.

Before speculation began about Kennedy Jr., discussion over who would run for Kerry's Senate seat largely surrounded Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) Brown lost his seat last month to Democratic Elizabeth Warren and has kept the door open for another political run.

Obama nominated Kerry to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on December 21.

"As we turn the page on a decade of war, [Kerry] understands that we have to harness all elements of American power," Obama said.



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