Discussing Patrick Kennedy
In the world of blogging, this whole Patrick Kennedy fiasco certainly qualifies as “low hanging fruit.”
CNN is reporting that Kennedy is going to enter rehab while the Congressman’s spokesperson says it’s going to be a “significant personal statement.” Meanwhile, we await Congressman Kennedy’s remarks.
He realized this past Christmas he was addicted to prescription drugs and checked into Mayo Clinic.
He doesn’t remember the Wednesday incident and is concerned over this. He doesn’t want to ignore it. He takes full responsibility and knows he needs help and is going back to the Mayo clinic this afternoon.
He hopes his openness will help others and thanked his family and friends. And he called for passage of mental health parity.
He took no questions.
Here’s the link to the ProJo story.
First, let me say I wish no personal ill will to the Congressman, but I do have to say that–politics aside–his past actions have always led me to question his competency. This latest incident has done nothing to change my mind. And it certainly seems as if he may be playing on his mental health and addiction vulnerabilities right now. The sad fact is that Patrick Kennedy has displayed an instability that is simply not acceptable for a member of Congress.
Open forum time: have at it.
UPDATE: Thanks to “smokinggun” for the link to Smoking Gun’s copy of the police report.