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.http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-02-11-Kennedy_N.htm
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.
After the death of Ted Kennedy, the media tried to convince the public that Ted was beloved and still relevant.
Months later, Republicans won Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts Senate seat after almost half a century.
Now, Patrick Kennedy is running from a tough reelection race.
Isn't it time to reevaluate the Kennedy family's place in the people's affections?