May 4, 2006


Kennedy Confirms Car Crash Near Capitol (Del Quentin Wilber and Allan Lengel, May 5, 2006, Washington Post)

Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy crashed his car into a security barrier near the Capitol early yesterday and officers suspected that he was intoxicated, a police union official said.

Kennedy (D-R.I) issued a statement confirming that he was in an accident but said he consumed no alcohol prior to the crash. Kennedy, 38, was not injured, and no charges were filed.

"I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake," Kennedy's statement said.

Capitol police released few details and did not even confirm that the six-term congressman was in the accident at 2:50 a.m. in the 100 block of C Street SE, near the House office buildings.

In all fairness, if he didn't lobotimze, rape, or kill a woman does it even register on the Kennedy scandal scale?

Pat cites pills in car wreck,/a> (Dave Wedge, May 5, 2006 , Boston Herald)

U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy insisted yesterday that he had consumed “no alcohol” before he slammed his Mustang convertible into a concrete barrier near his office, but a hostess at a popular Capitol Hill watering hole told the Herald she saw him drinking in the hours before the crash.

“He was drinking a little bit,” said the woman, who works at the Hawk & Dove and would not give her name.

Leaving his office late last night, Kennedy refused to say whether he’d been to the Hawk & Dove the night before.

Earlier in the evening, Kennedy issued a statement through his office blaming the accident and strange behavior surrounding it on prescription drugs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 4, 2006 8:10 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne was not available for comment.

Posted by: obc at May 4, 2006 10:02 PM

The best part was the excuse he offered: He was late for a vote.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 4, 2006 10:10 PM

The reflecting pool is at the bottom of the hill.

Posted by: ratbert at May 4, 2006 10:15 PM

Coming from the yuppie club and bistro area to the south of Pennsylvania Ave., I would guess we'll hear a little more in the next couple of days on his whereabouts prior to 3 a.m. (and this might be a good time for the congressman to sposor a bill making the D.C. subway into a 24/7 operation).

Posted by: John at May 4, 2006 11:24 PM

Kennedy (D-R.I) issued a statement confirming that he was in an accident but said he consumed no alcohol prior to the crash.

From the sound of the article, the police officers on the scene wanted to conduct a sobriety test but the higher-ups decided to veto that. As usual with the Kennedys, they get to tell any damn lie they feel like and somebody else will cover for them.

This family gets away with murder. Remember that.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 5, 2006 12:35 AM

Maybe he's not lying - he didn't consume alcohol.

So, what did he consume?

Posted by: Sandy P at May 5, 2006 12:43 AM

If I were a Science Fiction writer, I'd do a series on a family that lacked in character, intelligence, and prone to alcholism, but whose saving grace was some strange gene that made North Easterners and sheep gravitate toward them.

Say what you will about Prescott Bush Pedigrees or Clintonian Mutts who make it big through talent.

The Kennedy's are Irish Travelers who succeeded through the sheer force of their worthlessness.

It saddens me that this great nation can't seem to get past the inbred races of Kennedys, Bushs, and Clintons.


Posted by: Bruno at May 5, 2006 12:47 AM

I'm glad he's not driving over a bridge like his old man did so many years ago.

Posted by: ic at May 5, 2006 2:24 AM

"So, what did he consume?"
I heard on the radio this morning that he said he was on "nausea medication." Nausea medication? When I was in college, we just called it weed!

Posted by: Bryan at May 5, 2006 7:34 AM

I hate to say this, but if anyone in D.C. should be mad, it's Cynthia McKinney.

Posted by: AllenS at May 5, 2006 8:02 AM

Yes. We should be grateful that the Kennedy Self-Destruction Instrument of Choice is the automobile and not firearms. Think of all the bad press the gun-control nuts would have to play with if it were guns.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 5, 2006 11:12 AM

"When police approached, the sources said, Kennedy got out of his car and said he was late for a vote. The House had not been in session for hours."

This struck a chord in me. I seem to remember some tale about a Congressman who, whenever he was caught drinking or being with women of ill repute, would declare that he was basically "late for a vote" and the cops would have to let him go, due to some law that says you can't stop a Congressmen from going to a vote. Is this an urban legend, or does it have truth in it?

Posted by: Just John at May 5, 2006 2:23 PM

This is what I was thinking about:

"United States Constitution, Section 6: The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place."

Posted by: Just John at May 5, 2006 2:40 PM

Rep. Kennedy to Enter Rehab for Prescription Drug Addiction

WASHINGTON Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Friday he is going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to seek help for his addiction to prescription drugs after he crashed his car near the Capitol.

The Kennedys have a "compound" is south Florida, right? Does this mean that Paddy is in line for several years worth of investigation into his medical records to discover if he went "doctor shopping?"

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 5, 2006 3:54 PM

Why no, Raoul, why do you ask?

Posted by: erp at May 5, 2006 5:54 PM