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The making of the Meek political dynasty

The Christian Science Monitor points to U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Senate candidate and son of former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, as one of six "political dynasties in the making."

Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau, returned home from a year in Iraq with his National Guard unit Wednesday to renewed speculation that he will seek the Senate seat his father held. If he enters the race, he wouldn't be the only prospect for extending a political dynasty on Capitol Hill or in statehouses these days. The lines of succession may not be as centrally planned as the strategy Joseph Kennedy worked out for his three sons who served in the US Senate and won or sought the presidency. Not all members of political families are even on good speaking terms. Moreover, the family name that's a plus for some voters can be a stigma for others. But name recognition goes a long way in politics, and every election cycle brings a crop of recycled names.