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Patrick Kennedy Writing Memoir as He Leaves Congressional Career

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Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who has struggled with depression, alcohol and drug abuse, is writing a memoir called "Coming Clean" as he leaves behind an up-and-down career on Capitol Hill.

Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, announced earlier this year he would not seek a ninth term. He missed the counsel of his father who died last year and appeared to be no longer enjoying his time in Congress.
Sen. Patrick Kennedy, Democrat of Rhode Island
In May, he denounced the news media for not paying enough attention to the work of Congress: "it is despicable -- the national press corps right now," he said, lashing out on the House floor. During his nearly 16 years in the U.S. House, Kennedy was an advocate for mentally ill Americans.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, his publisher, said the book is planned for next fall and will offer "a truly revealing, intimate portrait" of the 43-year-old Kennedy. With the death of Sen. Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy's departure, Capitol Hill will be without a member of the Kennedy family for the first time in decades.
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Would this guy even have been elected if his last name wasn't Kennedy! 8 terms in office and for what? Just to say there's a Kennedy representing me?

October 05 2010 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This poor Kennedy, he's been through the ringer, all at his own doing, of course, but, maybe he can live a normal life with responsibility now that he's leaving politics. I find it incredible that he spent alot of time advocating for the mentally ill, hopefully, some of it helped him with his own mental instability. Booze and drugs eat you and your family up.

October 05 2010 at 3:14 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Why? Clearly not needed.

October 05 2010 at 3:05 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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