February 11th, 2010
10:31 PM ET
13 years ago

Rep. Patrick Kennedy not running for re-election

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/22/art.kennedy1122.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: 2010 • Patrick Kennedy • Rhode Island
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Great news.....

    one less socialist to deal with.....

    February 11, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. Last Honest Man

    See Ya. Goodbye. Thank you. One less Kennedy. Yessssssssssss!

    February 11, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. Sue

    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.

    February 11, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Michael from Ventura

    How sad!!!

    February 12, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. Patrick Henry

    Oh, Patrick, please change your mind...I was so looking forward to your concession speech after we "Coakley'd" you in November!

    February 12, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. J.P.

    You know things are getting bad for the Democrats when a Kennedy can't even get reelected in liberal Rhode Island.

    February 12, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. Jason

    My bets are that he's going after his father's old seat in 2012.....

    February 12, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  8. bca

    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.

    February 12, 2010 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. Ridgeway

    In the words of Freddie Mercury. "Another one bites the dust." Bye

    February 12, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  10. Tom

    And another one bites the dust. Badda boom, Badda bing. Someone please turn out the lights for the last democrat standing.

    February 12, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  11. alexa

    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!

    February 12, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  12. John in Indy

    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".

    February 12, 2010 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    This is a more obvious sign that something Big is about to happen politically across the country: even a Kennedy is dropping out!

    February 12, 2010 07:37 am at 7:37 am |