Rep. Pat Kennedy to Hit Rehab

patrick kennedyThe word on the street is that Wonkette is to blame for driving Congressman Patrick Kennedy into rehab with the incessant coverage of his tangled tale of a bad case of uh “accidentally” mixing drugs and then driving. Which is a good thing, because if he had driven himself into rehab we would probably want to clear the streets. From the AP story:

The congressman said he again became concerned about his condition after the Thursday morning car accident.

“I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police, or being cited for three driving infractions,” Kennedy said. “That’s not how I want to live my life. And that’s not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island.”

It’s all good Pat, we know you gots ta represent the family from time to time.

Sadly, no word yet if rehab will be hitting him back.

  1. From the articles I have read and the recent news stories about the side effects of Ambien and the fact that phenergen makes you sleepy this really could be a truthful story from Kennedy.

  2. He’s a bum, drugs or no drugs. I dont care about the drugs, I care about the fact that he was driving drugged.. He could have hit a person instead of a barrier.

  3. He almost hit a cop… but it only counts if you’re a black congresswoman. /zing

    And I don’t buy the whole “accidental” mixup thing with the Ambien. Normal people don’t check themselves into rehab because they took a little too much of their meds and acted dumb one time. He got caught (apparently more than once if you look at his writing on the other accident report) and instead of facing a scandal (too late!), he’s ducking into rehab.

  4. and no regular citizen would ever be able to do what he did.

    when rich and powerful are not subject to the rule of law, soon there is no rule.

  5. I agree with you that if he were brown skinned or poor and white he would be screwed…..and with all of the recent media about the effects of Ambien he should not have taken any and then driven…..and that he should be subject to the same rules as us peasants.

    My point was that after reading the original story and with all of the recent news regarding Ambien that what he was saying could have been true.

    But your point about checking into rehab over a sleeping pill and nausea pill is spot on. It doesn’t make sense.

    Another Rush Limbaugh except on the other side of the asile.

  6. What I find amusing is that he is adamant about denying having anything to drink prior to driving, and at the same time claim he can’t remember getting into his car and driving or even being arrested.

  7. $561,033,000 the amount of money voted AYE on by Mr. Kennedy as part of the 2005 Appropriations Bill dedicated to the enforcement of the Drug War.


  8. $1,653,265,000: the money to fund the DEA in 2005, voted AYE on by Kennedy. Separate line item; add the two figures together to get total spending of both DEA and non DEA spending on drug enforcement.

  9. silly me, I forgot the other “drug” enforcement agencys, like our local police dept, the state police in all 50 ststes, and various other federal “drug” enforcers like the FBI.

    oh well, it’s expensive. And he voted to fund them all.

  10. Was the text of his statement published by his office or simply taken from the spoken word? I didn’t find it on his website, but, different puncuation wakes a different story:

    “I simply do not remember getting out of bed.” – Well, if he never made it to bed, of course he wouldn’t remember getting out of bed.

    “Being pulled over by the police, or being cited for three driving infractions that’s not how I want to live my life. And that’s not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island.” – I can see how a representative would want to avoid an image like that.

  11. I got mad again so there will be another video regarding this
    soon. 50% done.

  12. The Pat Kennedy airport incident: The video is grainy, but looks to me the security guard he shoved wasn’t white.

    Why wasn’t Je$$e “Action” Jackson all over it, if such was the case? White man shoving a black woman… perfect photo-op for the racism-hustling crowd…

  13. Another example of the special privileges of the elected powerful. We must do something to make sure these jackasses are not above the rule of law.

    If it were you or me, we would have been cooling our heels in jail, probably lost our jobs and after spending $10,000-$14,000 (estimated cost of impaired driving conviction), community service, DWI (DUI) classes and restricted (or lost) driving rights for 1 to 5 years, we could get on with our lives.

    What a wonderful life it must be to be a member of the ku Kennedy klan.

    Kudos for Republicans who pull the same stunts and walk. They are all the same, the privileged few telling the rest of us how to live our lives except the same rules do not apply to them.