Joseph Kennedy III, part of the Kennedy political dynasty, will deliver the Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday, US media reports. Half a dozen other immigration-related guests will also attend, including congresswoman Debbie Dingell's guest Cindy Garcia, the wife of a father of two who was deported last week.
Kennedy is the grandson of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and being chosen to make the address is being seen as a sign of his rising profile in the Democratic Party.
The 37-year-old three-term congressman will appear on national TV following Trump's speech on January 30 to present the Democratic Party's response, according to The Boston Globe.
"Congressman Kennedy is a relentless fighter for working Americans", said U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The Huffington Post was reporting today that Kennedy was "expected to appeal to working-and middle class voters, who the Democrats will likely say have been abandoned by the president, despite Trump's campaign pledges".
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Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzma will deliver the Democratic response in Spanish.
The Hill also reported that the SOTU will be preceded by another anti-Trump event scheduled for Monday night: "A group of anti-Trump celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo and Whoopi Goldberg, have also announced plans to hold a "People's State of the Union" as a counter-event on Monday night".
Joe P Kennedy III comes from strong political stock.
Trump had just taken office a year ago, so his address next Tuesday evening will be the Republican president's first State of the Union speech. Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee gushed: "This is a Kennedy who could be president", the Globe noted.