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Bobby Shriver's campaign picks up support from Kennedy cousin (updated)

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L.A. County Board of Supervisors candidate Bobby Shriver may not want to be known primarily for his famous lineage, but that hasn't stopped the Kennedy name from being mentioned on the campaign trail, with the latest example coming Monday in the form of an endorsement. 

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. endorsed his cousin via Twitter. Kennedy's father was a brother to Shriver's late mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. 

In a message posted to the social media website, Kennedy wrote of Shriver: "I am thrilled to support him and promise I will work with him and the county to create a sustainable future for everyone in the county." 

The endorsement comes as Shriver, in some ways, tries to distance himself from his famous political family and highlight his own achievements in philanthropy and local government. Shriver's uncle was President John F. Kennedy, and two other uncles served as the U.S. Attorney General (Robert) and a long-time U.S. Senator (Ted). 

The Los Angeles Times wrote earlier this month that Shriver's pedigree "is a major asset, yet his main challenge in the June primary is to show that he's more than just another Kennedy scion."

That said, members of the Kennedy clan are helping to get Shriver elected. Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Ted Kennedy, campaigned on Shriver's behalf, and a cousin, Rory Kennedy, hosted a fundraiser in Malibu. Other family members are likely to campaign for Shriver, according to a consultant for the campaign. 

When he announced his candidacy, Shriver told reporters he has a different take on electoral politics.

"I approach these jobs from an outsider's perspective," he said. "I don't feel I have my career in them."  

Shriver turned 60 on Monday. His opponents for the seat to succeed Zev Yaroslavsky are former state legislator Sheila Kuehl, West Hollywood Councilman John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich.

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