Kennedy won't run for re-election in RISubmitted by meekandmild on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 23:57
Kennedy won't seek re-election, marking end of era
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 said Friday that he wants to focus more on his personal life and plans to continue the work he has done in Congress helping people overcome substance abuse problems. He said he can do the most good for other people in the field of substance abuse recovery.
"There are other things to life, and right now I want to explore them," the 42-year-old son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
WASHINGTON – 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.
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.
Poll: Rep. Kennedy vulnerable in Nov.
Analyst: It could be the race of his career
Congressman Patrick Kennedy may be facing his most difficult re-election campaign in 16 years, according to an exclusive WPRI-12 Poll released this week.
The poll shows 31 percent of those interviewed said they would “consider another” candidate and 28 percent said they would “vote to replace” Kennedy. Those who would re-elect the eight-term Congressman came in at 35 percent. Five percent weren’t sure.