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There wont be any more Kennedy's in Washington DC after the sudden retirement of Representative Patrick Kennedy of Rode Island.
The retirement of Patrick Kennedy means the US Congress is without a member of the Kennedy family for the first time in over half a century.
The Congressmen, Patrick Kennedy, says in a video posted online late Thursday that will air as a TV advertisement to constituents on Sunday evening that he wants to take "a new direction."
The Kennedy's have been in office Federally in Washington DC since 1947 when John F. Kennedy was sworn in as a representative.
"Now having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction, and I will not be a candidate for re-election this year,'' Patrick Kennedy said in the video.
Patrick Kennedy is the son of former Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, who died after a battle with brain cancer a few months ago.
Patrick Kennedy was first elected as a Representative in 1994 and will finish having won 8 election campaigns.
The retirement of Patrick Kennedy from Rode Island comes as current majority party, the Democrats struggle to maintain power in the US Congress with a tough election season coming up with a November election.
The US Economy continues to struggle and many millions are without work. Legislation has also been held up in US Congress and major debt spending has alienated many Americans from various political persuasions.
Video: No more Kennedy's in Washington DC after retirement of Patrick Kennedy.
Now having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction, and I will not be a candidate for re-election this year,'' Kennedy said.
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