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Feb 12, 2010 9:25 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Kennedy won't run for re-election in R.I.

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.

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