Skip to comments.Report: Fatherís death led to Patrick Kennedyís decision
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.
Its 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 magazines March edition. The storys 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 fathers death bed and there were a lot of people there, Arsenault said. Hes 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 fathers dying days. He also said he could not imagine dying alone.
I cant imagine if I had a year to live and I didnt have kids. All the legislative accomplishments in the world wouldnt matter, Kennedy said.
Kennedy also described the time he spent with his father after his brain cancer diagnosis in May 2008.
Ill 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. Ill 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 whats 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: Theres 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 Gods will.
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
Patches nickname c)Howie Carr
song parody c) me
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.
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!
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)
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.
He means there is no power left for him to draw on.
LOL. The Kennedy PR flacks type up a press release on why Patches isn’t running and The Boston Pravda dutifully prints it.
Needs more time for drinking and drugging, occasional rehab thrown in so he can start over again.
"God Bless you, AND DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS YOU JERK! ! !
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.
Yea right, civil service government handout maybe or did daddy's inheritance come though?
I am losing.
Kennedys don't know how to refect or they would have changed their way of living a couple of generations ago..
In nomine Patrick, who's fully useless, et spiritus distillatus (hic!), I'll drink to that...