(CNN) – Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat, is not running for re-election, he said Thursday in a video to his constituents.
"Having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction and I will not be a candidate for reelection this year," he said. "Going forward, I will continue many of the fights we've waged together, particularly on behalf of those suffering from depression, addiction, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I'm so grateful to the people of Rhode Island. When I made missteps or suffered setbacks, you responded not with contempt but with compassion."
The 42-year-old representative is in his eighth term in office. He is the youngest of three children of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.
one less socialist to deal with.....
See Ya. Goodbye. Thank you. One less Kennedy. Yessssssssssss!
This is GREAT news for Rhode Island citizens/voters.
However, it did not appear as though he was going to get reelected anyways--especially not after what happened in Massachusetts.
Based on a recent article in the Boston Herald, Patrick Kennedy had 63% DISAPPROVAL in regard to support/approval from Rhode Island citizens/voters.
Then, he made the mistake of coming out publicly and vocally attacking Scott Brown.
Patrick Kennedy was going to lose the reelection, and he wanted to save face.
Oh, Patrick, please change your mind...I was so looking forward to your concession speech after we "Coakley'd" you in November!
You know things are getting bad for the Democrats when a Kennedy can't even get reelected in liberal Rhode Island.
My bets are that he's going after his father's old seat in 2012.....
It will indeed be a sad day (in my opinion) for America, the day when there are no more Kennedys in public office; serving the people & fighting for the better good of society. Yet I have hope that another era of great politicians will dawn forth, standing up for what is right & good.
In the words of Freddie Mercury. "Another one bites the dust." Bye
And another one bites the dust. Badda boom, Badda bing. Someone please turn out the lights for the last democrat standing.
It's a shame! He must have been doing something right for the people in RI to elect him several times. I wish him the best!
Say it aint so Joe... Hallelujah!!!!!!! a twisted young dinosaur from a better off buried age of Camelot that never was. May the folks of R.I. elect a REAL representative that doesnt have the peckadilloes of "The last kennedy".
This is a more obvious sign that something Big is about to happen politically across the country: even a Kennedy is dropping out!