Rep. Patrick Kennedy Calling it Quits: ‘Taking a New Direction’

February 12, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) announced his decision not to seek reelection to Congress. Kennedy, 42, has served his Rhode Island district since 1994. In a retirement video expected to be released in the Rhode Island television market on Friday, Kennedy speaks of the recent death of his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, saying “Illness took the life of my most cherished mentor and confidante.” Kennedy did not indicate his future plans, but said in the video that he was embarked on “a new direction.”

Kennedy speaks fondly of his late father in the video, showing a photo of him as a child sailing with a young and vibrant Ted Kennedy:

“Illness took the life of my most cherished mentor and confidante, my ultimate source of spirit and strength. From the countless lives he lifted, to the American promise he helped shape, my father taught me that politics at its very core was about serving others.”

Kennedy thanked his constituents for sticking by him, when he publicly battled with substance abuse problems:

“When I made missteps or suffered setbacks, you responded not with contempt, but compassion,” he said. “Thank you for all the times you lifted me up, pushed me forward and filled my heart with hope,” said Kennedy in his poignant goodbye.

Kennedy’s term ends next year and his seat in a heavily Democratic state, is expected to stay in the Democrats’ column.

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