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.

The son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy says he has no qualms about walking away from politics. His departure marks the first time in 63 years that a Kennedy won’t be serving in elected office in Washington.

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.

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Comments (5)
  1. Stephen Gitmo says:

    The legacy was JFK, and certainly not the drug-addict “Patches” Kennedy. Besides, after JFK the Kennedy’s are solely resposible for more harm to America than good. Everyone of them claims to be a good Catholic, yet all support state & federally funded abortions, and gay marriage which are both against the Catholic doctrine and faith. Such abominations indeed.

  2. DStein says:

    Even as a kid I could never understand what all the fuss was about with the Kennedys. As time has passed and more of the truth about them has surfaced I like them even less. Womanizers. Drunks. Drug addicts. Rapists. Adulterers. Liars. That’s the REAL Kennedy legacy.

    1. Tom Morris says:

      DStein, and to think they were all the qualities that Mass voters deemed important to keep bringing them back. I did not grow up in Mass, but lived most of my adult life(recently moved to NH) and I am with you. I never got the ‘mystique”. Hopefully Mass residents are rid of any more Kennedy’s in public life. They all need to get real jobs and stop taking everyone’s money.

  3. CEO says:

    Good riddance, Patches! You were just another Kennedy embarrassment complete with substance abuse issues.

  4. DStein says:

    Tom, I resented the hypocrisy of the Kennedys. Vote in Congress to increase eveyone’s taxes and then move most of the family trust offshore to shelter it from those very same taxes. I also used to love the self-righteous lectures about morality, honesty and integrity when they possessed none of the above.

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