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Patrick Kennedy Won’t Seek Re-Election

From a heart broken Associated Press:

Kennedy won’t seek re-election, marking end of era

By Andrew Miga And Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press Writers

February 12, 2010

WASHINGTON – Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s decision not to seek re-election will leave Washington without a Kennedy in political office for the first time in more than 60 years.

The Rhode Island Democrat’s term ends early next year but he says in a television message viewed by The Associated Press on Thursday that his life is "taking a new direction" and he will not seek a ninth term. The video was provided to the AP by Kennedy’s congressional office.

The 42-year-old son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy does not give a reason for the decision but says it has been a difficult few years for many people and he mentions the death in August of his father…

The announcement is to air Sunday on Rhode Island television stations.

The decision comes less than a month after a stunning upset by Republican Scott Brown in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat his father held for almost half a century. Last week, as Brown was sworn into the seat, Patrick Kennedy called Brown’s candidacy a "joke" and predicted Brown would betray his union supporters…

Kennedy was not specific about his plans, but said he would continue to fight for issues on behalf of those suffering from depression, addiction, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder…

As a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Kennedy has made sure federal dollars are sent to his state…

Kennedy was elected to [Rhode Island’s House of Representatives] in 1988 at age 21 while still attending Providence College, then was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

Kennedy also has been a financial boon to the Democratic Party, drawing people to fundraisers nationwide, and he once served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In Congress, Kennedy has pushed for greater mental health care coverage, citing his own struggles with depression and addiction. His mother, Joan Kennedy, has been through several alcohol treatment programs.

Kennedy has never married, and friends have said his personal life had taken a back seat to his career.

Still, until recently, Kennedy appeared committed to running again.

The only Republican in the race, state Rep. John Loughlin, has been working with Brown’s campaign team, the Shawmut Group, and was raising money. But Kennedy was heavily favored to win the race: Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 4 to 1 in Rhode Island. Loughlin has little statewide recognition, and Kennedy had four times as much campaign cash on hand coming into the year.

He told The Providence Journal shortly after Brown’s win in January that he wasn’t worried about Loughlin, saying "bring it on."

[Mark Weiner, a major Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island] said Kennedy was not afraid of losing the election.

"Winning or losing had nothing to do, I’m sure, with his decision," he said

Somehow we suspect Mr. Kennedy saw the writing on a wall.

As you will recall in the book of Daniel from where we get the phrase, during one of the debauched king Balthazar’s feasts the words ‘Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin’ mysteriously appeared on a wall.

The prophet Daniel was called in to interpret the riddle. He divined that it meant that the king’s deeds had been weighed and found wanting, and that his kingdom would be divided. Which meant the end of the Babylonian Empire.

You have to admit, the similarities are striking.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Patrick Kennedy Won’t Seek Re-Election”

  1. Chuckk says:

    I understand he will buy a retirement villa at the Betty Ford Clinic.

  2. GL0120 says:

    No Kennedy in Washington?
    What can I say but Happy Days Are Here Again!!!!

  3. BigOil says:

    Sad it had to end this way. After all his years of hard work breaking down barricades barriers.

  4. GTBurns says:

    So it begins, the end of the Kennedy Dynasty. This day was coming when their last and only hope ended up on the bottom of the Long Island Sound.

  5. proreason says:

    Quick. Find a wooden stake and a silver bullet.

  6. JohnMG says:

    Well, well, well. Word finally filtered down and penetrated through the thick skulls of the faithful. The name Kennedy does not equal competency. Even this ineffectual dweeb figured it out, which is astonishing considering his background.

    The whole damned bunch was/is populated by congenital idiots and this latter crowd only proves how shallow the Kennedy gene pool really is. Who can, like, forget just how, like, articulate Caroline was last year in her attempted, like, foray into elective politics? Did ever a cogent thought or word issue forth from her mouth? Of course not. Yet the whole press corps (corpse?) fawned over another Kennedy about to take the rightful throne of governance based solely on the strength of a name. A NAME, for cryin’ out loud!!

    Now even Patrick realizes how many “K’s” there are in the word loser. Stick a fork in ’em. They’re done!

    • Confucius says:

      Your post made me wonder if there hadn’t been any in-breeding within Camelot’s walls.

      It sure would explain alot.

    • JohnMG says:

      From about 1965 onward their family tree resembles a broom handle.

    • Mithrandir says:

      It would have been very fitting, if they would have sealed Ted Kennedy’s body in a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88, taken him out to aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, attached the launch hook, and flung it out to sea at 150mph.

      What do you think? They can still dig him up and do that….

  7. rocketman says:

    “The 42-year-old son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy does not give a reason for the decision ”

    Ya think a 62% disapproval rating has anything to do with it?????? s/

  8. NoNeoCommies says:

    From what I read in between the lines of another article about his choice, he was pretty weak and either blew or sidestepped chances to show that he was more than a “kitten” of the congress.

    • JohnMG says:

      “Kitten” of the congress? I think he’s more like a camp follower or somebody’s ‘girlfriend’. Maybe a whole lot of “somebody’s” girl friend. Now he’s just exercising his “free agent” option.

      What a pathetic little weasel.

  9. mr_bill says:

    With Teddy out of the family bootlegging business and no longer able to drink up all the inventory, Patrick figures he might actually be able to turn a profit there and decided it would be easier than trying to run for re-election.

  10. GTBurns says:

    The DEMS and the Kennedy’s last and only hope ended up on the bottom of the Long Island Sound, with his coked out harpy wife and sister.

  11. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    No Kennedy members on capitol hill? I’m all for this sort of hope and change. Unfortunately it’s a known fact that nature abhors a vacuum. Once the void is noticed, someone else will step in to fill the emptiness.

  12. Mithrandir says:

    This video just reinforces why I hate politicians. This guy acts like he is a veternarian gently telling a little girl her puppy died. Slow talking, methodical, the gentle plinking of the piano keys, delivering the awful, but carefully measured bad news–not to cause a panic– that, “Yes, I will not be seeking re-election.”


    Get over yourself! No one cares that much about you, that you need to be wasting time with this public service announcement! Things are tough for everyone, the economy sucks, and tough decisions need to be made–real governing–this guy bails out.

    He also decided to slip in there the beloved Ted Kennedy, just in case the old generation out there still had fond memories of him and his brothers. —Bleech….

    I almost expected a white light to come over his head, the room get cloudy, he speads out his arms, and is lifted towards heaven. “Goodbye Rhode Island….gooooodbyyyyyye, remember me and my family……remember me again when it is easy and safe to argue about petty issues, I will come back to you, but for now, I can’t make tough decision with disgruntled voters………reeeemeeemberrrrr meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………”

  13. canary says:

    Patrick Kennedy in spite of his own addictions tried to get power of attorney of his mother, because she fell off the wagon. Patrick Kennedy recently went public to media blasting his priest, and the priest said PK was irrational. Something worse?

    Diabetics are not to drink, and so it could be his health, aside his mind. Nice speech though. Change is nice.

  14. bobbys says:

    Young Patrick , put down thy goblet filled with the Kings Wine….

    Thou hath drank thy fill and driven thy Chariot Recklessly..

    No Need for the lad Patrick to carry the torch of Camelot anymore.

    The Torch hath been passed to one More noble and deserving then he…..

    Harken thy new King and bow before him if he not boweth before lesser Gods first!

  15. bobdog says:

    Kennedy retiring? I’ll drink to that.

    And I don’t normally drink.

  16. catie says:

    Wow, the world seems to be coming to an end according to the AP and all the other drones now that there won’t be a Kennedy in Congress. Who really cares? Good riddance to bad rubbish, the whole lot of them.

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