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  • Patrick Kennedy’s new book will leave us all in stitches

    03/26/2014 6:46:24 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/26/14 | Howie Carr
    Now it’s Patches Kennedy’s turn to write his memoir, and no, it’s not a coloring book. The working title is “A Common Struggle,” but surely Ted’s boy can do better than that. When he first ran for Congress in 1994, Patches admitted that he had never had “to worry about making mends meet.” That’s right, making mends meet. And I think that should be the title of his new tome: “Making Mends Meet.” Or “Drinkin’ Doubles Don’t Make a Party.” Or, “One Bad Ice Cube at a Time.” Or, “3 a.m. Roll Call.” The book is due out late next...
  • Treatment or Jail: Patrick Kennedy Wages Fierce Anti-Pot Crusade

    02/17/2014 11:15:17 AM PST · by gooblah · 41 replies
    As a hard-partying teenager, Patrick Kennedy met President Reagan at a fundraiser for the JFK Library, a meeting captured in a photograph that the former Rhode Island congressman now hangs in his home office. He used to think of it as a funny episode, a collision of Camelot’s cocaine kid and America’s foremost opponent of illegal drug use. But Kennedy took his last hit of anything in 2009, and he’s since honed an anti-drug message that sounds a bit like Reagan with a Boston brogue. Kennedy believes there is "an epidemic in this country of epic dimensions when it comes...
  • Gregory Hicks: Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens

    01/23/2014 12:52:39 PM PST · by mojito · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/22/2014 | Gregory Hicks
    Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report concluded that the attack, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, was "preventable." Some have been suggesting that the blame for this tragedy lies at least partly with Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack. This is untrue: The blame lies entirely with Washington. The report states that retired Gen. Carter Ham, then-commander of the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, twice offered to "sustain" the special forces security team in Tripoli...
  • Benghazi whistleblower faults Senate Intelligence panel for leaving his testimony out of report

    01/23/2014 10:14:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Intelligence Committee members did not include important testimony from Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks about security at the U.S. mission in their final report, which had the effect of blaming the fallen ambassador and protecting a top State Department official from responsibility for the attack. "I was interviewed by the Select Committee and its staff, who were professional and thorough. I explained this sequence of events," Hicks (who worked with the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, in the lead-up to the attack) explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday. "For some reason, my explanation did not...
  • Obama: 'He’s a Kennedy,' He Didn't Have to Talk About His 'Bipolar Disorder and Addiction'

    06/03/2013 6:20:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama, speaking earlier today at conference on mental health at the White House: "There are other people who are leading by example. My great friend, Patrick Kennedy, when he was running for reelection back in 2006, he could have avoided talking about his struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction. Let’s face it, he’s a Kennedy," said Obama. After the audience stopped laughing, Obama continued, "He was -- his seat was pretty safe. Everybody loved him. And yet, Patrick used his experience as a way to connect and to lift up these issues, not hide from them." And one day,...
  • Benghazi Investigation Deepens: Lawmakers Seek Interviews of 13 Officials Involved

    05/23/2013 4:45:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5:16 PM, May 23, 2013 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    As the investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi intensifies, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are seeking to conduct transcribed interviews with thirteen top State Department officials in the coming weeks in order to learn more. Those named in the letter include a wide range of current and former State Department personnel, from senior advisers to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to mid-level career officials with responsibility for diplomatic security. Among those officials: Jacob Sullivan, then deputy chief of staff and director of policy planning (and currently national security adviser to Vice President Joe...
  • CBS News REPORT: Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy decided NOT to send FEST to Benghazi

    05/17/2013 4:46:47 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 97 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 17th, 2013
    This is a very interesting article by Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News. It’s very long and covers different topics surrounding Benghazi, from the decision not to deploy FEST to how the talking points came about. The quote below talks about how certain anonymous White House officials say that the missteps in Benghazi was less about malice and more about incompetence. For instance, they claim that the reasoning behind not deploying the counterterrorism unit known as FEST stemmed from a misunderstanding of FEST’s role and ability. One official does pin the decision not to send in FEST on Under Secretary Patrick...
  • Issa: "No question" Clinton's circle involved in Benghazi "cover-up"

    05/06/2013 6:34:05 PM PDT · by don-o · 55 replies
    CBS ^ | May 6, 2013 | Lindsey Boerma
    There's "no question" someone from Hillary Clinton's circle - if not the former secretary of state herself - was involved in the "cover-up" of any missteps by the administration following an attack on a U.S. consulate last Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told CBS News on Monday. "If Hillary Clinton is not responsible for the before, during and after mistakes... it's somebody close," Issa told CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes on Monday. "There certainly are plenty of people close to the former secretary who knew, and apparently were part of...
  • Clinton sought end-run around counter-terrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say

    05/05/2013 6:04:51 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 58 replies ^ | 5-5-2013 | James Rosen, Chad Pergram
    On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department's own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a "whistle-blower" witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned. That witness is Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for operations in the agency’s counterterrorism bureau. Sources tell Fox News Thompson will level the allegation against Clinton during testimony on...
  • DEVASTATING!… CBS Publishes Benghazi Investigation – Pummels Administration

    05/05/2013 5:24:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 291 replies ^ | 5-5-2013 | Jim Hoft
    CBS released information on the Benghazi 9-11 massacre today that could potentially bring down the Obama Administration. Buried in their report (down in paragraph eight) CBS reported, “Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned… But they were told immediate help wasn’t available.” But, counterterrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by CBS News express frustration that key responders were ready to deploy, but were not called upon to help. CBS reported: Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned. “We relied on...
  • Three More Officials to Testify Over Benghazi Attacks (Staff begged as 'ready' help not called)

    05/05/2013 5:10:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 120 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Sharyl Attkisson
    SNIP Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned. "We relied on Washington for dispassionate assessment," one eyewitness told CBS News. "Instead, they [Washington officials] were asking us what help we needed. We answered: 'Send reinforcements!' " But they were told immediate help wasn't available. Embassy personnel say they repeatedly asked the Defense Attache on site in Tripoli for military assistance. "Isn't there anything available?" one Embassy official says he asked. "But the answer was 'no.'" "What about Aviano?" the official pressed, referencing the NATO air base with US assets in...
  • Benghazi: Still looking for Answers, Part III

    05/05/2013 9:50:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | May 5, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    "They're making up for all the mistakes they made with excuse." In this space over the last two days, we have focused on the three part series by Fox News still looking for the truth and answers to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, diplomat Sean Smith, and former SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Below is the Part III report by Adam Housley in which the military Special Operator with intimate knowledge of the Benghazi attack charges that the Obama Administration "had no plan"...
  • Patrick Kennedy sees ‘mad rush’ to legalize marijuana

    01/12/2013 5:01:28 PM PST · by Wolfie · 72 replies
    Patrick Kennedy sees ‘mad rush’ to legalize marijuana Ex-congressman’s cautionary efforts provoke pushback DENVER — Not all Coloradans appreciated former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy harshing their buzz Wednesday with his anti-marijuana effort. Mr. Kennedy received a mixed reception at the unveiling of Project Smart Approaches to Marijuana, known as Project SAM, which seeks to spread information about the medical and public-health drawbacks of legalizing marijuana. “Project SAM was created because we were concerned about the mad rush to legalization in this country and the false dichotomy presented as policy,” Mr. Kennedy said. “Incarceration or legalization. Lock ‘em up or let...
  • Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy lobbies against legal marijuana

    01/08/2013 6:53:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2013 8:29 AM EST
    Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he’s established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana. … The Providence Journal reports that Kennedy’s group, Project SAM—for Smart Approaches to Marijuana—will instead lobby for increased treatment for marijuana and drug abuse. …
  • Patrick Kennedy on Bush Tax Cut

    06/27/2003 7:01:52 AM PDT · by magellan · 27 replies · 189+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, June 27, 2003 | Lloyd Grove with Anne Schroeder
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy: 'I don't need Bush's tax cut. I have never worked a [bleeping] day in my life'....

    10/10/2012 11:01:22 AM PDT · by Snuph · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Oct 2012 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Lamb reports to Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell, who reports to Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, who in turn reports directly to Secretary of State Clinton. A primary responsibility of Boswell and Lamb in Libya was enforcing the "No Marines, No Bullets" State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya document signed by Secretary Clinton some time within the past year and a half after the fall of Khadafi's dictatorship in Libya.
  • State Dept. Meltdown at Benghazi Hearing

    10/10/2012 4:19:09 PM PDT · by mojito · 41 replies
    Commentary ^ | 10/10/2012 | Alana Goodman
    The Obama administration’s Benghazi response continued to unravel at the House Oversight Committee hearing today, as State Department officials struggled unsuccessfully to get their stories straight. Ambassador Patrick Kennedy defended UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s claim on September 16 that the attack was part of a spontaneous protest that erupted over an anti-Islam video, saying that anyone at the State Department would have said the same thing as Rice based on the intelligence available at the time. “If any administration official, including any career official, were on television on Sunday, September 16, they would have said what Ambassador Rice said. The...
  • State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query (fox guarding henhouse!)

    10/09/2012 6:56:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 10/9/2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    The State Department’s top security officer is coming under scrutiny for playing a role in creating a special board that is investigating last month’s fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. One of the State Department’s accountability review board’s key tasks will be to probe why the office of Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, rejected requests for more diplomatic security in Libya in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Mr. Kennedy, a career diplomat whose portfolio includes being the top security officer, signed the memo Oct. 1 that set up the review...
  • Patrick Kennedy: Rep. Jackson in 'deep' depression

    08/16/2012 6:48:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies ^ | 8/16/12 | Michelle R. Smith and Sophia Tareen - Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is in a "deep" depression and has "a lot of work" ahead of him on the road to recovery, former Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Thursday after visiting the hospitalized Chicago Democrat. Jackson has been on a secretive medical leave since June 10, when family members said he collapsed at their home in Washington. He is currently being treated for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. But neither his office nor family members have said much about his medical condition. The visit from Kennedy — who has...
  • Patrick Kennedy warns of Tea Party “rampage” if SCOTUS upholds Obamacare

    06/27/2012 11:16:38 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 103 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 27 Jun 12 | Philip Klein
    Patrick Kennedy, a former representative from Rhode Island and son of the late Ted Kennedy, warned in a fundraising email for Congressional Democrats that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Obama’s health care law, then “dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage.” The fundraising email was sent out Wednesday afternoon, to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Health Care Rapid Response Fund” ahead of Thursday morning’s expected ruling by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the health care law. “My father, Ted Kennedy, spent his entire political career fighting tooth and nail for universal...
  • Patrick Kennedy wedding planned for this weekend (SC judge Breyer to officiate)

    07/11/2011 11:21:16 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 56 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/11/11 | Boston Herald
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his fiancee plan to be married this week at a private wedding ceremony at the Kennedy family’s Cape Cod compound. The 43-year-old Kennedy will wed New Jersey school teacher Amy Petitgout on Friday at what Kennedy’s spokeswoman says will be a small, intimate event. Kennedy is the son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy. He represented Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District as a Democrat for 16 years. Since leaving Congress in January Kennedy has been named a visiting fellow at Brown University and has campaigned to improve brain research....
  • Patrick Kennedy’s new cause: the brain

    06/07/2011 11:27:37 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 32 replies
    Patrick Kennedy walks, beaming, into the John F. Kennedy Library for a gala luncheon. At his side is his fiancee, Amy Petitgout. In his arms is her 3-year-old daughter, Harper. On his mind is another new passion of his: the brain. On his way to the podium, Kennedy shakes hands, slaps backs, and poses for pictures. When he begins to speak, the crowd gives him a standing ovation. It’s a big change from the days when Kennedy, who represented Rhode Island in Congress for eight terms, made headlines for various shenanigans, including an early morning crash in 2006 outside the...
  • Patrick Kennedy: Loughner has brain injury, too

    05/23/2011 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KTAR ^ | 23 May 2011 | KTAR
    The suspect in the January mass shootings in Tucson has been cited by former Congressman Patrick Kenndy as an example of discrimination against the mentally ill. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, mentioned Jared Loughner during an interview on CNN Sunday night to discuss his past problems and addictions and his campaign for recognition of brain disease. Loughner, 22, is charged with shooting 19 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in a Tucson parking lot in January. Six people were killed. Giffords was shot in the head and is currently in a rehabilitation center in...
  • Last Kennedy to leave Washington (Patches)

    12/28/2010 7:03:06 PM PST · by Frantzie · 40 replies · 4+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 12-28-2010 | Toby Harnden
    The departure of Patrick Kennedy, Congressman for Rhode Island, will leave the capital without a Kennedy for the first time in 64 years. The dynasty's sole remaining political office is held by Bobby Shriver, John F. Kennedy's nephew, who has a part-time city council seat in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica.
  • Kennedy's exit from Congress leaves a family void (Goodbye Kennedys)

    12/26/2010 2:44:21 PM PST · by seanmerc · 126 replies · 33+ views ^ | 26 Dec 10 | Andrew Miga
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Kennedys have held congressional seats, the presidency and the public's imagination for more than 60 years. That era ends when Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island vacates his U.S. House seat next month, leaving a City Council post in California as Camelot's sole remaining political holding.
  • No Kennedy

    11/18/2010 9:45:39 PM PST · by Hildy · 30 replies
    email | November 18, 2010
    In January, for the first time in 64 years, there will be no member of the Kennedy family holding office in Washington. The chain remained unbroken from 1946, when JFK was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, until this year, when JFK's nephew Patrick Kennedy, retired from the U.S. House.
  • Patrick Kennedy Defends $2 Million "Bike Path"; Rants "You Only Make First Grade Once" - Video

    07/30/2010 6:42:41 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 23 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 30, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Democrat Rep. Patrick Kennedy (Ted’s son) defending a $2 Million earmark for his district to build a “bike path.” Kennedy’s defense illustrates why our country is broke, and despite that fact, far-left progressives like Kennedy just want to keep driving the nation deeper in debt. Kennedy defends his $2 Million Bike Path by pointing out the health concerns in America – particularly diabetes. He urges paying for the bike path in order to help people be more healthy. How many people are really going to be healthier if the Federal Government builds another bike path? If...
  • Patrick Kennedy: Napolitano Poster Boy For Extra Airport Screening?

    04/03/2010 11:06:25 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 1,104+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There I was this morning, watching a Today segment about tougher new airport screening procedures. A clip rolled of Homeland Security honcho Janet Napolitano talking about the program when, suddenly I said to myself: wait a second! Who’s that standing behind Napolitano? Darned if it wasn’t . . . Patrick Kennedy! You remember good old Rep. Kennedy: the fellow who a few years ago . . . shoved a 58-yr. old airport security screener when she tried to stop him from barging through without submitting his oversized bag to x-ray screening . So what was Kennedy doing there? Then it...
  • VIDEO: AWWW: Rep. Patrick Kennedy Near Tears Over Success Of Health Bill

    03/22/2010 4:46:47 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 15 replies · 481+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 22, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was emotional on "Good Morning America."
  • Great Speeches: Patrick Kennedy

    03/13/2010 3:58:27 PM PST · by Bon mots · 15 replies · 584+ views
    Liveleak ^ | March 13, 2010 | me
    What an emotional speaker. When you watch this video of this impassioned speech, you can only wonder who on earth voted for this hysterical cretin. Patrick Kennedy Speech If you've not seen this guy speak, watch this. It's almost as funny as a speech by Caroline Kennedy. Another brilliant Kennedy speech by Caroline ummm, you know, ummm Kennedy:Caroline ummm, you know, Kennedy
  • Funny video: Patrick Kennedy, Motivational Speaker

    03/13/2010 1:13:17 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 11 replies · 546+ views
    Off Color Fun ^ | March 13, 2010 | NDblogvideos
    This splice of Patrick Kennedy House floor rant is uncanny and hilarious. The video is here.
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-13-10 (Patrick Kennnedy, Motivational Speaker)

    03/13/2010 2:46:37 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies · 920+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 13, 2010 | PJ-Comix
    If you thought that Patrick Kennedy's recent rant on the House floor sounded familiar, then this VIDEO will provide the answer. What is amazing is the astounding similarity of the voices of the real loon and the pretend loon.
  • [Video] Kennedy Flips Out on House Floor; Shouts "shameful" US Policy Putting Soldiers in Harm's Way

    03/11/2010 2:01:44 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 29 replies · 1,973+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | March 11, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island congressman, flipped out on the House floor yesterday, furiously shouting that "shameful" US policy was needlessly putting soldiers in harm's way in Afghanistan. The congressman's explosion during a 3-minute allotment of time came during debate on a Democrat, anti-war resolution written by diminutive Dennis Kucinich, which called for all US soldiers to be out of Afghanistan within 30 days. Curiously, however, Kennedy, for all his unhinged screaming against US policy, still voted against Kucinich's resolution. Kennedy, who has oftentimes been the subject of ultra-humiliating public incidents involving sobriety problems and addiction issues, also found time to...
  • Some key dates in Patrick Kennedy's life (GREAT READ!)

    02/12/2010 10:06:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies · 1,406+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 12, 2010 | The Boston Globe
    Some key dates in Patrick Kennedy's life July 14, 1967 – Born in Brighton. 1986 -- As a senior at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, checks into the Spofford Hall drug and alcohol treatment facility in New Hampshire. 1988 – Elected to the Rhode Island House while still a college student. 1991 – Awarded B.A., Providence College. 1991 – Testifies in the Palm Beach, Fla., rape trial of his cousin, William Kennedy Smith. Smith was later acquitted. 1994 – Elected as US Representative for Rhode Island's First District. November 1998 -- Named chairman of the Democratic Congresssional Campaign Committee. March 2000...
  • Kennedy won't run for re-election in RI

    02/12/2010 8:32:49 AM PST · by bilhosty · 9 replies · 582+ views
    AP via Real Clear politics ^ | February 12, 2010 | Andrew Miga And Michelle R. Smith
    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.
  • Report: Father’s death led to Patrick Kennedy’s decision

    02/12/2010 8:06:52 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 65 replies · 1,749+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/12/10 | Laura Crimaldi
    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...
  • Video of Patrick Kennedy Announcing He Will Not Seek Re-Election

    02/12/2010 4:43:43 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 31 replies · 791+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 12, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Rhode Island Democrat Rep. Patrick Kennedy personally announcing his decision not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives this fall. Kennedy said his like was now going to take a "new direction," and he thanked the people of Rhode Island for the opportunity to serve. (VIDEO)
  • Breaking: Patrick Kennedy will not seek re-election for Congress (info on negative polling data)

    02/11/2010 8:44:46 PM PST · by BAW · 38 replies · 1,564+ views
    Providence Business News Examiner ^ | Feb 11, 2010 | Cheryl Phillips
    Shortly after 10pm on Thursday night, WPRO-AM in Rhode Island reported that talk show host Dan Yorke has learned that Patrick Kennedy will not seek reelection for Congress. There has been rumor to this effect and this initial report, although without any other details, is big news in Rhode Island. Democrat Patrick Kennedy, 42, currently serves in the United States House of Representatives, representing the 1st congressional district of Rhode Island. He assumed office January 3, 1995. Kennedy is a son of late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy from Massachusetts. A February 2010 poll commissioned by WPRI TV 12 in...
  • Patrick Kennedy won't seek reelection

    02/11/2010 7:37:56 PM PST · by ricks_place · 217 replies · 6,876+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/11/10 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the last member of his illustrious family currently serving in Congress, will announce on Friday that he is retiring, according to Democratic insiders. Kennedy, 42, was first elected to Congress in 1994. He did a stint as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 1999-2000 cycle but has not served in the House Democratic leadership beyond that. His congressional tenure was marked by repeated substance abuse problems, including a drunk-driving incident in 2006. He entered a rehab facility at that time and again in 2009. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), the congressman's father,...
  • AP source: (Patrick) Kennedy won't run for re-election in RI

    02/11/2010 7:13:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 207 replies · 5,666+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/10 | Andrew Miga - ap
    WASHINGTON – A Democratic official says Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election for his seat representing Rhode Island in the U.S. Congress. ... The decision by the eight-term congressman comes less than a month after a stunning Republican upset in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat his late father, Edward Kennedy, held for almost half a century.
  • The Kennedy Joke (Patches taking more hits)

    02/08/2010 12:04:18 PM PST · by STARWISE · 30 replies · 1,625+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 2-8-10 | Daniel Flynn
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy has come out swinging against the man who now sits in the Senate seat his father held for 47 years. Telling a blog for the Hill newspaper that Senator Scott Brown was "in the tank for the Republicans," the Rhode Island Democrat called Brown's candidacy a "joke." The putdown is a familiar one for the Kennedy family. Forty-eight years ago, a thirty-year-old Ted Kennedy heard the same taunt from his primary opponent, Massachusetts Attorney General Edward McCormack: "If his name was Edward Moore, with his qualifications -- with your qualifications, Teddy -- if it was Edward Moore,...
  • The wheels are coming off - Patrick Kennedy and Family

    02/05/2010 9:25:14 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 91 replies · 3,452+ views ^ | Saturday, February 6, 2010 | By Howie Carr
    Patches, if your name were - no, I take that back. Patches, you are a joke, period. You are the runt of the litter of the runt of the litter. And the applejack didn’t fall far from the tree.
  • GOP eyes Kennedy's seat -- the other Kennedy, in Rhode Island

    02/05/2010 11:32:03 AM PST · by freespirited · 13 replies · 562+ views
    Examiner ^ | 02/05/10 | David Freddoso
        Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., appears to be in trouble. If this poll is correct, then Democrats are in much more trouble than anyone realizes...The WPRI-12 poll showed the Rhode Island Democrat with a 56 percent unfavorability rating in his district - a negative that grows to 62 percent statewide.Only 35 percent of voters in Kennedy’s district said they would vote to re-elect him. Another 31 percent said they’d consider a different candidate and 28 percent said they would vote to replace him, according to the poll. Read more at the Washington Examiner:
  • Brown hits back at Kennedy for ‘joke’ candidacy dig

    02/05/2010 11:03:03 AM PST · by onyx · 383 replies · 10,272+ views
    boston herald ^ | Friday, February 5, 2010 | By Jessica Van Sack
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A stung U.S. Sen. Scott Brown lashed out at U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy today for insulting his landmark win by calling his candidacy “a joke.” Brown said Kennedy’s remarks are “mean spirited,” especially coming on the day he was celebrating being sworn into office. “I was elected and the votes are certified and I’m here to do my job. It’s unfortunate that he would use mean-spirited comments like that at a time when we’re just trying to solve the problems of the Commonwealth,” Brown said today on his first full day on the job.
  • Patrick Kennedy: Scott Brown's candidacy 'a joke'

    02/05/2010 9:59:15 AM PST · by Justaham · 31 replies · 1,014+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2-4-10 | Michael O'Brien and Jordy Yager
    Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) election has been shown to be "a joke," the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Thursday. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) castigated Brown for having pushed to be sworn in ahead of schedule to permanently fill the Senate seat left vacant by the congressman's father's death in August. "Brown's whole candidacy was shown to be a joke today when he was sworn in early in order to cast his first vote as an objection to Obama's appointment to the NLRB," Kennedy said Thursday. Kennedy was referencing some Democrats' thoughts that Brown tried to bump...
  • Report: Patrick Kennedy calls Brown's candidacy a ‘joke’

    02/05/2010 9:40:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 106 replies · 2,858+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 5, 2010
    The son of the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy has criticized Senator Scott Brown for accelerating his swearing-in, saying it showed Brown's candidacy was "a joke," a publication that covers Capitol Hill reports. Representative Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat from Rhode Island whose father held Brown's seat for 47 years until his death last year, said Thursday that "Brown's whole candidacy was shown to be a joke today when he was sworn in early in order to cast his first vote as an objection to Obama's appointment to the NLRB," according to The Hill's Blog Briefing Room. "Senator Brown is...
  • Kennedys shaken as GOP eyes R.I. too

    02/04/2010 9:25:50 PM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 264 replies · 7,960+ views ^ | Friday, February 5, 2010 | Hillary Chabot
    The Kennedy political dynasty is shaking in the aftershock of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s earth-shattering election, with a new poll showing U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy losing ground as he faces a well-financed GOP foe backed by Brown’s top strategists. The WPRI-12 poll showed the Rhode Island Democrat with a 56 percent unfavorability rating in his district - a negative that grows to 62 percent statewide. Only 35 percent of voters in Kennedy’s district said they would vote to re-elect him. Another 31 percent said they’d consider a different candidate and 28 percent said they would vote to replace him, according...
  • Rhode Island GOP: Scott Brown Victory Shows Patrick Kennedy Vulnerable

    01/20/2010 3:57:38 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 640+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 20, 2010
    Rhode Island GOP: Scott Brown Victory Shows Patrick Kennedy Vulnerable Associated Press January 20, 2010 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy has won election to the U.S. House from Rhode Island for eight terms despite a string of personal problems that might have ended any other politician’s career. Now, state Republicans are hoping the GOP victory in Tuesday’s special election to replace Kennedy’s father in the Senate could herald a change in the younger Kennedy’s fortunes. In a stunning defeat for Democrats, Republican Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by Edward Kennedy, who...
  • Even Barney Frank Gets It (Mark Steyn: Central Plank Of Obamaism Demolished Alert)

    01/19/2010 10:28:46 PM PST · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 1,879+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/20/2010 | Mark Steyn
    Even Barney Frank gets it but Patrick Kennedy doesn't: Kennedy's son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Democrats have to understand that they've entered a different era — and that they can't just assume that voters will be with them. “It’s like in Roman times, they’d be trotted out to the coliseum and the lions would be brought out,” Kennedy said Tuesday night. “I mean, they’re wanting blood and they’re not getting it so they want to protest." This is the laziest trope in the Democrat-media book. When the electorate repudiates the Republicans, as in 2008, they're voting for hope and...
  • Patrick Kennedy Repeatedly Gets Martha Coakley's Name Wrong after Rally for Her

    01/18/2010 10:37:26 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 22 replies · 725+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 18, 2010 | Brian
    Drudge Report is headlining news that Democrat Patrick Kennedy - son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy - does not even know the name of Democrat Candidate Martha Coakley. Hotline on Call reports that yesterday, after a rally for Coakley, Kennedy repeatedly referred to her as "Marcia" rather than "Martha": Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), speaking with a gaggle of reporters after the event, said that while state Sen. Scott Brown (R) offers voters a quick fix, in reality, the problems created by "George Bush and his cronies" are not so easily solved. "If you think there's magic out there and...