Camelot Revisited at Democratic National Convention

July 7, 2008 - 8:26 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Camelot will be revisited Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles as the focus of attention will be on the Kennedys and the passing of the torch from one generation of that political family to another.

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the only daughter of President John F Kennedy, will address convention delegates for the first time in introducing her uncle, Edward M "Ted " Kennedy (D-MA).

The appearance by the Kennedys in Los Angeles is symbolic. It is the location of two of the family members' most important moments, one a career highlight and one a fatal nightmare.

Los Angeles was the site of John F Kennedy's presidential nomination in 1960 and also the site of brother Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968 in a hotel kitchen while campaigning for the presidential nomination during the California primary.

Schlossberg, who has remained private and outside the political arena during her adult life according to wire service reports, is expected to offer a tribute to her late brother, John F. Kennedy Jr, who died in a plane crash off the New England coast just over a year ago.

The Kennedy clan has been involved in Democratic Party conventions for 40 years.

In 2000, several other Kennedys had roles during the daytime convention sessions: Representative Patrick Kennedy had a moment in Monday's opening session; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Ethel and Robert Kennedy and the lieutenant governor of Maryland, gave a brief speech Tuesday afternoon, and Robert Kennedy Jr also spoke Tuesday afternoon about environmental issues.