February 24th, 2012
12:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Kennedy: Recovery is a 'day to day process'

(CNN) – Former Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy opened up about his lifelong battle with addiction on Friday, asserting that recovery is still a "day to day process." Kennedy is son of the late Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He left public office last year after eight terms in the House.

In an interview set to air on CNN's "John King, USA," Kennedy told Congressional Correspondent Kate Bolduan that leaving public office was the right decision.
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A Kennedy engagement
March 28th, 2011
07:02 PM ET
4 years ago

A Kennedy engagement

(CNN) – Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy is engaged to be married, friend and former staffer Sean Richardson confirmed to CNN.

The Rhode Island Democrat was engaged Saturday to Amy Petitgout, a sixth-grade history teacher in New Jersey.
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Kennedy takes family advice
January 20th, 2011
08:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Kennedy takes family advice

(CNN) - On the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy's swearing in and the delivery of the iconic line, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy said he's heeding his uncle's words.

The most recent Kennedy to serve elected office plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his uncle's charge to the nation with his own plan to "unlock the mysteries of the mind" and find cures for neurological disorders. Kennedy stressed the importance of treating soldiers that suffer from those illnesses and the need to "de-stigmatize wounds of the brain."
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March 23rd, 2010
06:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Son leaves note at Ted Kennedy's grave

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Washington (CNN) – Rep. Patrick Kennedy told his father, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the news that his lifelong pursuit of health care reform had been accomplished. On a note left at his father's grave, the Kennedy wrote, "Dad, the unfinished business is done."

Related: Obama signs health care bill into law


Filed under: Health care • Patrick Kennedy • Ted Kennedy
March 11th, 2010
04:36 AM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy: National press corps 'despicable'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, blasted national reporters Wednesday for focusing on trivialities instead of the war in Afghanistan.

While delivering a speech, Kennedy spotted only a handful of reporters sitting in the press gallery overlooking the House floor. But because House floor debates are televised, reporters often monitor the proceedings from their desks outside the chamber where they can more easily take notes and work on computers.


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March 10th, 2010
09:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy: National press corps 'despicable'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, blasted national reporters Wednesday for focusing on trivialities instead of the war in Afghanistan.

While delivering a speech, Kennedy spotted only a handful of reporters sitting in the press gallery overlooking the House floor. But because House floor debates are televised, reporters often monitor the proceedings from their desks outside the chamber where they can more easily take notes and work on computers.


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February 13th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
February 12th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
5 years ago

Rhode Island GOP chair eyes Kennedy seat

Rep. Patrick Kennedy will not seek re-election.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy will not seek re-election.

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy already had a Republican challenger, businessman John Loughlin, before he decided to retire from his Rhode Island seat late Thursday.

Now that Kennedy is out of the race, another Republican might jump in: Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione.

"I am more than interested," Cicione told CNN Friday. "I would love to do it, I just don't know if I am in a position to do it."

Cicione predicted that more Republicans might decide to pursue the open seat, which leans Democratic. Several Rhode Island Democrats have already expressed interest in succeeding Kennedy.

"I think we are going to see a lot of activity on the Republican side," said Cicione, an attorney who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1996. But, he added, "John Loughlin is a good candidate and I want to see him succeed."

The Rhode Island GOP has been plagued by infighting between moderates and conservatives in recent months, with conservative elements recently banding together to demand Cicione's ouster over the question of whether to keep Republican primaries open to independent voters. Ciocione favors doing so.


Filed under: 2010 • Patrick Kennedy • Rhode Island
February 12th, 2010
09:43 AM ET
5 years ago

Rep. Patrick Kennedy not running for re-election

(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.


Filed under: 2010 • Patrick Kennedy • Rhode Island
February 11th, 2010
10:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Rep. Patrick Kennedy not running for re-election

Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, will not seek re-election.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, will not seek re-election.

(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.


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