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Report: Fatherís death led to Patrick Kennedyís decision
Boston Herald ^ | 2/12/10 | Laura Crimaldi

Posted on 02/12/2010 8:06:52 AM PST by raccoonradio

U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy decided to abandon public office to focus on his personal life and family after watching his father die surrounded by loved ones, the 16-year congressman said in a wide-ranging magazine interview.

Kennedy, who announced his decision not to seek re-election in a two-minute video clip, told Rhode Island Monthly he decided to let go of his House seat at Christmas after spending the fall reflecting on the death of U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

“It’s pretty simple in this respect: I went through something that caused me a great deal of soul searching and self-reflection,” Kennedy said. “Right now, a personal life is of greater value. Emotional connections that are real and loving and personal just trump everything else.”

Kennedy appears on the cover of the magazine’s March edition. The story’s author, Mark Arsenault, this morning told WPRO-AM host John DiPietro he believes Kennedy wants to have a family.

“That certainly goes into his thinking. He stood around his father’s death bed and there were a lot of people there,” Arsenault said. “He’s 42 years old and never been married and I think at some point he would like to have a family.”

In the interview, Kennedy said he became closer to his brother, Ted Jr., and sister, Kara, during his father’s dying days. He also said he could not imagine dying alone.

“I can’t imagine if I had a year to live and I didn’t have kids. All the legislative accomplishments in the world wouldn’t matter,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy also described the time he spent with his father after his brain cancer diagnosis in May 2008.

“I’ll never forget what he said to me (in late summer, 2008.) He said, ‘Can you stay at the house with me and just clear your schedule,’ ” Kennedy said. “We had a couple of weeks. I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life. His just asking me to be there was the greatest gift he ever gave me in his life.”

Kennedy told the magazine he is not sure what’s next for him, but he wants to model the next chapter of his life after his late aunt, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics. Shriver died shortly before her younger brother, Ted, last August.

“Service is in my future. I know it as fact that service is an essential part to maintaining your sobriety,” he said.

Kennedy added: “There’s a hole in the soul that we all try to fill, sometimes with the wrong things, like booze or drugs. Society would tell us to fill it with consumerism. But its only really filled through love and service, by serving a high purpose. By doing God’s will.”


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KEYWORDS: 111th; kennedyfamily; kennedys; patches; patrickkennedy
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1 posted on 02/12/2010 8:06:52 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Had nothing to do
With his tanking poll numbers...
Oh no! Of course not!


2 posted on 02/12/2010 8:09:04 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Tanking Poll Numbers / From now on will be known as / Approval Poll Change)
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To: raccoonradio

Bullspit! That election in Massachusetts, along with New Jersey and Virginia is what did it.


3 posted on 02/12/2010 8:09:26 AM PST by weezel
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To: raccoonradio

Yep. I’m believing that. Uh-huh.


4 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:10 AM PST by steelyourfaith (FReepers were opposed to Obama even before it was cool to be against Obama.)
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To: raccoonradio

LOL...typical Kennedy . . no credibility, no morals, no ethics


5 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:33 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: raccoonradio

>>He said, ‘Can you stay at the house with me and just clear your schedule,’ ” Kennedy said. “We had a couple of weeks. I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life.

Ted should have resigned so that The People’s Seat could be filled; instead he stayed till his dying breath. So much for
“family comes first”

Speaking of family, does he have a wife and kids? nope...

>>He has never married and resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
(wikipedia)

He also gets in car crashes in both DC (the Ambien incident) and down in R.I. (at one point Howie Carr’s
site had an accident report he had to fill out after
a minor car crash outside a CVS in either Portsmouth or
Middletown RI...you could see PK’s shaky handwriting


6 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:45 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

The Kennedy era is over and it’s tough to handle. Maybe now they should just enjoy life.


7 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:47 AM PST by RC2
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To: raccoonradio

His father’s DEATH??? or the fact his Father’s Seat went to a REPUBLICAN.. or the Polls show him LOSING his BUTT!!!

Don’t bother attributing Honesty or Integrity to a KENNEDY.. just makes us want to LAUGH HARDER!!


8 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:55 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (OBAMA ... Orwell's 1984 was a WARNING ... NOT a TEXTBOOK!!!)
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To: raccoonradio

I wish him a long life in the private sector.


9 posted on 02/12/2010 8:11:20 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: raccoonradio
“Service is in my future. I know it as fact that service is an essential part to maintaining your sobriety,” he said.

Well, maybe he could start a local chapter of AA. If it already has one, maybe he could start a thrift store to assist with wino rehab.

10 posted on 02/12/2010 8:12:07 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: raccoonradio

oh, here it is; luckily nobody was killed unlike in his dad’s case...

>>(wiki)
Rhode Island accident

In an earlier incident, on April 15, 2006, Kennedy was driving a Ford Crown Victoria — registered to the “Friends of Pat Kennedy Inc” — on Turnpike Avenue in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. As Kennedy attempted to turn left into a CVS pharmacy parking lot, his vehicle struck a Nissan Maxima driven by off-duty U.S. Coast Guard Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein who was attempting to make a right turn into the same parking lot. Portsmouth police did not issue a citation to either driver. One woman who witnessed the accident has expressed her opinion that Kennedy was impaired, but this has never been proven. Kennedy’s handwriting on the police report was messy. Guthlein is quoted in the Daily News (New York City) as saying “I never really got that close to him ... It was just a regular traffic accident”.


11 posted on 02/12/2010 8:12:26 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Yeah Kennedy, do “God’s will” and GTFO of government.

It’s a good day for the country when a Kennedy no longer blights the congress.


12 posted on 02/12/2010 8:12:42 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Vigilanteman

Patches will now return home to spend more time with his family (except he doesn’t have one.)


13 posted on 02/12/2010 8:13:12 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Vigilanteman

As I mentioned on the Boston Herald’s message board, if his last name were not Kennedy he would have been handling bedpans at some hospital for the past few years.


14 posted on 02/12/2010 8:13:35 AM PST by raccoonradio
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15 posted on 02/12/2010 8:15:11 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Haiku Guy

He’s doing God’s will...
Is God a Republican?
He might be this year...

or

“He’s doing God’s will...”
Doesn’t the Left freak out when
Palin says such things?


16 posted on 02/12/2010 8:15:14 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Tanking Poll Numbers / From now on will be known as / Approval Poll Change)
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To: raccoonradio
I suspect a lot of the Kennedy's went into “politics” because it was expected, not desired. Loving your parents and grandparents puts a great many of us in vocations we would not have otherwise chosen.

My true hope for all the Kennedys is now that there is no more pressure to carry on the family business, they will be free to try their wings and achieve their own niche in the world. His dad didn't want the mantle he picked up, but what else could he do? Poll numbers are probably a very good reason to finally say, “Enough.”

No hard feelings, Kiddo. Now go do something that keeps you sober and happy. Stretch and fly.

17 posted on 02/12/2010 8:15:15 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: raccoonradio

“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son”


18 posted on 02/12/2010 8:15:16 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: raccoonradio

Oy vey. Isn’t Patches the pol who shoved a female airline security worker?


19 posted on 02/12/2010 8:16:39 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: raccoonradio

>>WPRO-AM

Kennedy was a carpetbagger when he got his House seat. When he ran for the first time he was a guest of former Prov mayor Buddy Cianci who at that time had a show on WHJJ (now he, like Depetro, is on WPRO) and Buddy and his listeners kept trying to trip him up on questions like “where is this
neighborhood?” “how does one get to your campaign office?”
He still won. (source: The Prince of Providence, Mike Stanton, which I borrowed from the library recently)


20 posted on 02/12/2010 8:16:49 AM PST by raccoonradio
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