Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election after eight terms in Congress, saying his life is “taking a new direction” just months after the death of his father and mentor, Sen. Edward Kennedy.
The Rhode Island Democrat taped a message with his decision to be aired on Rhode Island’s television stations Sunday night. The Associated Press viewed the message Thursday, ahead of the announcement.
“Now having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction, and I will not be a candidate for re-election this year,” Kennedy says.
Once his term ends early next year, no one from the storied Kennedy family would hold political office in Washington for the first time in more than 60 years.
They’re jumping ship faster than (Democ)rats…