James Roosevelt Jr. formally announced his bid for the 8th Congressional District nomination today, exactly 53 years after his grandfather, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was first inaugurated as President.
Roosevelt, 40, a lawyer and counsel to the Democratic State Committee, was introduced by his sister, Anne, and uncle, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., at a noon news conference.
The announcement brought to 13 the number of formal candidates seeking to replace retiring House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill Jr. (D-Mass.). That list also includes another famous name, Joseph P. Kennedy II, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
Roosevelt spoke to "those in the press and the political world who have already ceded this election to the other person with a famous name. I want to say to them and to you this race has just begun. I am confident that substance will in the end prevail over style."