The Kennedys have held US 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 US House seat next month, leaving a city council post in California as the family’s sole remaining political holding.
His departure marks the first time in 63 years that a Kennedy will not be serving in elected office in Washington.
The son of the late Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy says he has no qualms about walking away from politics.
The 43-year-old Kennedy says in his family, ‘the legacy was always public service, and that didn’t necessarily mean public office’.
Kennedy plans to continue the tradition by championing a national effort to boost brain research.
Two words – buh-bye. The American people have been subjected to quite enough of the Kennedys. We’re capable of finding entitled drunks, self-important hypocrites and abject dunces from other families. Perhaps Mike Tyson or Cher have some kids who could run for something.