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Boston.com is just announcing that JPK III is resigning his position as a prosecutor for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office and forming an exploratory committee for the MA-4 seat vacated by Barney Frank:

Joseph P. Kennedy III is taking the final steps to launch a run for Congress this year, hoping to succeed US Rep. Barney Frank, who will retire rather than run in his reconfigured district.

Kennedy is forming an exploratory committee for the seat. The 31-year-old today also announced his resignation as a prosecutor in the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr., where he has worked since September. He will leave state employ Jan. 20.

“I am announcing today my intention to explore a candidacy for the United States Congress in the Fourth District of Massachusetts,’’ he said in a statement issued this morning. He said he will decide over the next several weeks whether to formally run for office, after speaking with voters.

Sorry for the short diary since this is "breaking" within the past few hours.  If Kennedy decides to run the common consensus is he's a lock to win.

Originally posted to Paulitics' Corner on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 12:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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