Last night the news broke in Rhode Island, that Patrick Kennedy was not running for re-election. Perhaps the story broke in the mid-afternoon, but I became aware of the news at around 7 p.m.
Because RI has only 2 Congressional districts, it has been the practice for people interested in office to move to the district with the vacancy or the perceived viability for the campaign. Patrick did this. I imagine it happens in other states. Anyway, my sense is that when RIers consider both representatives to be "theirs" it's not an unreasonable perspective. We move sometimes too!
I have met Pat, as I think every person with any interest in public events has, on a few occasions. He usually votes the way I would want him to.
He has neglected to respond to my questions about Gaza and the role that U.S. $$$ have in enforcing Israeli apartheid.
By "he," I mean his staff.
He has acted mostly in step with mainstream Democrats regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Has he done anything regarding the erosion of civil rights in this country and the abuse of "anti-terrorism" [should I say "counterterrorism" or perhaps, both]??
If someone if younger than I, then s/he is "young" in my book! Patrick Kennedy is about the age of my younger brother. There is plenty left for him to learn and to offer, and there are no lack of people who are equally qualified to Represent Rhode Island in (at?) the House of Representatives.
For years, I have encouraged Fran Weygand to run for office. She has never expressed interest, and it's been at least 2 years since we had even a wave at each other. No offense to Bob, but I'd rather see Fran Weygand have a chance than re-hire her husband.