MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One candidate in the upcoming special election to fill Jeff Sessions' former U.S. Senate seat is trying to prove he is more than an interesting name.
Robert Kennedy Jr. shares no relation to the Kennedy family known throughout the country.
"I was named by my father, for my father, after my father," Kennedy said.
Instead, this Kennedy has been an unknown in Alabama politics. According to Kennedy, he grew up in Alabama before going away to attend the Naval Academy. Later, Kennedy said he graduated from Duke University. Kennedy said since school he has worked for multiple major corporations throughout the country, like Toys R Us.
Kennedy said he is a God-first, fiscally conservative democrat.
"It puts me in the unique position to reach across the aisle," Kennedy said.
For Kennedy to get elected, he will have to win his parties nomination and likely beat a republican with plenty of financial support. While some candidates, like Luther Strange, may have access to millions of dollars, Kennedy started with nothing.
"Because my war chest is starting at zero, no one has to worry how I got my ill gotten gains," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said his experience in the Navy, along with working in the bureaucracy of large corporations, has prepared him for a trip to Washington, one which will not have self-interest attached.
"Because what a senator actually does is represent their constituents and vote on what they think is best for the nation," Kennedy said. "And that's the kind of senator I will be. I will do what I think is right for Alabama and the country."