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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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To: HD1200

Indeed!

Parody: Patches by Clarence Carter (it’s on youtube):

My father was a drunk old man
I could see him with the Chivas in his hand
He put a blonde in the pond
Didn’t think he did anything wrong

Didn’t spend any time in jail, got re-elected without fail

Oh life’s not easy for a Kennedy
The pills and the booze and the broads, you see
(well, not sure about the broads in Patches’ case)
One night daddy took me to his dyin’ bed, poured himself a Chivas and in tears he said

He said Patches I’m dependin’ on you son
to pull the family through. My son it’s all left up to you

Orig http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2qWcSjM-gA

Patches nickname c)Howie Carr
song parody c) me


51 posted on 02/12/2010 8:33:52 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: hoosiermama

God bless them, heal them and use them to His purpose. There isn’t a mean bone in my body or a hard thought against anyone. More beautiful children, you couldn’t have wished for, but the sin was in that house and, as always, the kids got the brunt of it. Now, be done with it. It’s over.


52 posted on 02/12/2010 8:33:52 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: raccoonradio

Doesn’t he get to keep all the campaign contributions that were collected but not spent up to this point?

So he’s dropping out because he knows if he spends the millions on an election where he is sure to fail, he’s a loser and broke!


53 posted on 02/12/2010 8:36:31 AM PST by anonsquared (TEA PARTY 2010 - THROW 'EM ALL IN THE HARBOR!)
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To: trisham

After the D.C. incident, it was found out that he had the car crash in R.I. about a month before (see police report, above)


54 posted on 02/12/2010 8:37:35 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: fatnotlazy

The only Kennedy worth admiring was Eunice Shriver. Although she was a liberal like the rest of the clan, she had good morals and instincts about helping people; and she personally developed the Special Olympics for the disabled and mentally challenged (aren’t I PC today?) children.

In fact, Eunice and her husband Sargent Shriver never had any scandals reported about their marriage, unlike every other Kennedy marriage including the in-laws. That may be why their children are the most stable members of the entire group of cousins.


55 posted on 02/12/2010 8:42:58 AM PST by Gumdrop
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To: raccoonradio

He means there is no power left for him to draw on.


56 posted on 02/12/2010 8:48:18 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: raccoonradio

LOL. The Kennedy PR flacks type up a press release on why Patches isn’t running and The Boston Pravda dutifully prints it.


57 posted on 02/12/2010 9:05:54 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: raccoonradio

Needs more time for drinking and drugging, occasional rehab thrown in so he can start over again.


58 posted on 02/12/2010 9:06:48 AM PST by penowa
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To: penowa
As Mark Levin will say:

"God Bless you, AND DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS YOU JERK! ! !

59 posted on 02/12/2010 9:15:09 AM PST by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: Huebolt
I am soliciting contributions through my non-profit corporation for the
Canonization of
St, John of Hyannis and
St. Edward of Chappaquidick

Patches has graciously (and for a mere $650 Thou per annum (although in this case, per anum would be more appropriate)agreed to serve as President and Papal Liaison. I of course, shall hold the posiyion of PayPal Liaison. So send in those contributions.

60 posted on 02/12/2010 9:44:08 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Go-Go Donofrio. get us that Writ of Quo Warranto!)
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To: Liberty Valance
I wish him a long life in the private sector.

I would even add the word 'happy'. I wish him a long and happy life in the private sector.
61 posted on 02/12/2010 9:50:01 AM PST by goldfinch
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To: raccoonradio
Service is in my future

Yea right, civil service government handout maybe or did daddy's inheritance come though?

62 posted on 02/12/2010 9:50:39 AM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: Haiku Guy
To use less words,

I am losing.

Kennedys don't know how to refect or they would have changed their way of living a couple of generations ago..

63 posted on 02/12/2010 9:55:23 AM PST by goat granny
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To: raccoonradio
He's not married. The article says he wants to spend more time with his family. Which part of the family is he going to hang out with? Step mom? cousins, siblings. Everyone has some sort of crazy Uncle, or Aunt in the family. When Joan dies he will assume that role.
64 posted on 02/12/2010 9:59:07 AM PST by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: raccoonradio
Old Joe was a bootlegger that made his fortune during prohibition and also a Nazi sympathizer thats why FDR fired him as ambassador to great Britain
65 posted on 02/12/2010 9:59:48 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Kenny Bunk
Canonization of St, John of Hyannis and St. Edward of Chappaquidick

In nomine Patrick, who's fully useless, et spiritus distillatus (hic!), I'll drink to that...

66 posted on 02/12/2010 10:04:55 AM PST by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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