May 12 - 1997 : Brother's scandal, ex-wife's new book hurts Joseph Kennedy II in the polls

2007: Bourne man's Boston Pops brawl
"The most controversial marriage in recent U.S. political history." Above is from the cover of Sheila Rauch Kennedy's book, courtesy RandomHouse.com.

1997 : Brother's scandal, ex-wife's new book hurts Joseph Kennedy II in the polls

TIME called it "The most controversial marriage that never was in recent U.S. political history"

According to an article in TIME Magazine, two key events in 1997 hit Joseph Kennedy II where it counts--at the polls.

Eyeing the governor's office, Kennedy's popularity took a hit when his ex-wife Sheila Rauch Kennedy published a scathing book entitled "Shattered Faith" about their 12-year marriage, divorce and Kennedy's bid to have the marriage annulled.

Poll numbers continued to dip in 1997, this time thanks to Kennedy's brother Michael and allegations that he had had a 5-year affair with his children's babysitter--an affair that reportedly began when the girl was 14.

Read the TIME Magazine story here.  Read more about Shattered Faith in another TIME article here.

See another TIME story "The most controversial marriage that never was in recent U.S. political history" here.

(Image right: Cover of "Shattered Faith", courtesy RandomHouse.com.)

2007: Brawl breaks out at the Boston Pops

Boston man claims he was attacked by Bourne man during the performance

On this day in 2007 Boston police said they were investigating a brawl that reportedly broke out during a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall.

Opening night turned into a KO at Symphony Hall when 27-year-old Matthew Ellinger of Boston told police he was attacked by 44-year-old Michael Hallam of Bourne after reportedly asking Hallam to stop talking.  Hallam's version of the story differed from Ellinger's.

Matthew Ellinger, 27, a graphic designer from Brighton, claims Hallam turned around and punched him during the performance, causing  Boston Pop's conductor Keith Lockhart to stop the music and wait until the screams from the balcony ended.

Read the story in The Washington Post here. and the video on the TODAY show here.


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