Massachusetts: Kenny Comes Home

As a charter member of John Kennedy's Irish Mafia, Kenneth O'Donnell has spent most of his career in the back rooms of politics. Now he plans to come into the parlor as Governor of Massachusetts. For six months, Kennedy's former appointments secretary has been traveling the state as an unannounced candidate, getting acquainted with the folks and telling them about his days with J.F.K. in an accent almost indistinguishable from the late President's. Last week in Boston, he was guest of honor at a testimonial dinner that was organized, in the best political tradition, by himself.

Nearly 2,000 guests paid...