FLASH: ABC6 Reports Patrick Kennedy Won’t Run for Reelection
UPDATE: Kennedy’s office confirmed the ProJo’s John Mulligan that Kennedy WILL NOT seek re-election. Here is the ad that started it all.
MORE: According to Cianci, RI Dem. Chair Bill Lynch was selling an ad package dealing with Kennedy’s announcement to be released this Sunday. The ad was being sold as a Democratic Party ad. Word leaked out and Cianci confirmed at 8:30 tonight.
So, who’s luckier? John Brien or John Loughlin? It’s a wide open race, now. And we’ll see if some other wannabe’s suddenly have an itch to scratch. Names like Mayor David Cicilline, AG Patrick Lynch (or Bill). And, of course, what about Steve Laffey?
Would anyone be surprised to see Patrick in Massachusetts in 2012?
MORE 2: Here is an in-development RI Monthly piece by Mark Arsenault that was rushed out the door (h/t Ian Donnis).
ORIGINAL REPORT: Buddy Cianci is reporting via ABC 6 that Congressman Patrick Kennedy will not seek reelection this fall. It’s worth noting that Cianci’s WPRO colleague Dan Yorke has been speculating that this would be the case for the last few days. The story is still developing. Cianci will be on ABC 6 at 11 PM with more information.
MORE: From the Boston Globe:
A Democratic official says Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election for his seat representing Rhode Island in the U.S. Congress.
The official spoke to The Associated Press only on the condition that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak ahead of the official announcement….
Kennedy plans to air two-minute commercials about his decision to air on three Rhode Island TV stations on Sunday night.