Patrick Kennedy to fundraise for cousin's campaign

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former congressman Patrick Kennedy plans to chair a Providence fundraiser later this month for his cousin, Massachusetts congressional candidate Joseph Kennedy III.

The fundraiser is planned for January 28th at a yet-to-be-determined Providence location. Patrick Kennedy is co-chairing the event with two longtime supporters, Chris Vitale and Gerry Harrington.

Joseph Kennedy recently formed an exploratory committee to run for the congressional seat being given up by Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank. Joseph Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy are cousins.

A source familiar with plans for the Providence fundraiser says it shows Patrick Kennedy will be play an aggressive role in helping his cousin's campaign.

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