Feb 12, 2010 9:25 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
No Kennedy in Congress?
Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he won't be running for re-election. The Rhode Island Democrat's eighth term ends early next year.
In a video message, Kennedy says his life is "taking a new direction." Kennedy's father, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, died in August.
Washington will be left without a Kennedy in political office for the first time in more than 60 years.
In a video message that will air this weekend, Kennedy does not give a reason for the decision but says it has been a difficult few years for many people, and mentions his father's passing.