Patrick Kennedy Not Seeking Re-election

Dan Riehl
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Update: Confirmed – Patrick Kennedy Not Seeking Re-election

He’s airing a statement Sunday night? It’ll be old news by then.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election to Congress, saying his life is “taking a new direction.”

Kennedy taped a message to be aired on television in Rhode Island on Sunday night. The Associated Press viewed the message ahead of the announcement.

Wow, Patrick Kennedy not running for re-election? Maybe he thinks he’d be the voter’s next whipping boy?

WASHINGTON — A Democratic official says Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election for his seat representing Rhode Island in the U.S. Congress.

The official spoke to The Associated Press only on the condition that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak ahead of the official announcement.

The decision by the eight-term congressman comes less than a month after a stunning Republican upset in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat his late father, Edward Kennedy, held for almost half a century.

Patrick Kennedy has been in and out of treatment for substance abuse since crashing his car outside the U.S Capitol in 2006. Still, he has been comfortably re-elected twice since then, after making mental health care his signature issue in Washington.

CAJ UPDATE: Dan Riehl now has video on his site.

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