``I simply do not remember getting out of bed,'' Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Friday, speaking tearfully before flying off to Mayo for another round of rehab.
He read a statement and took no questions after a short session in the House radio-tv gallery.
Kennedy was to be in Chicago Friday--instead he will be in Minnesota, wrestling with his personal demons.
First cousin Chris Kennedy, president of the company operating the Merchandise Mart told me, ``there is a genetic element to all this. but his good genes are stronger than his bad genes and he will rebound.''
Click for statement from his father, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
STATEMENT OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY
“I love Patrick very much and am very proud of him. All of us in the family admire his courage in speaking publicly about very personal issues and fully support his decision to seek treatment. He has taken full responsibility for events that occurred Wednesday evening, and he will continue to cooperate fully in any investigation.
I have the rare and special honor of being able to serve with my son in the Congress, and I have enormous respect for the work Patrick has done. The people of the 1st District of Rhode Island have a tireless champion for the issues they care about, and, today, I hope they join me in feeling pride and respect for a courageous man who has admitted to a problem and taken bold action to correct it.��?
FROM THE A.M. BLOG FILE...
``I never asked for any preferential treatment''--Rep. Patrick Kennedy
The morning shows were roaring with the news of Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I) and his car crash near the Capitol. Did he get any special treatment? Was he under the influence of alcohol, as officers on the scene allege, or was it as Kennedy said--under the influence of Ambien and another prescription drug. Kennedy denied drinking.
He is scheduled to be in Chicago tonight for a fundraiser for himself. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Cadillac Palace Theater on Randolph Street. Cocktails at 7 p.m. Performance of Spamalot at 8
Will he keep the date?
Kennedy is scheduled to give press interviews in Rhode Island this afternoon to see if he can explain his way out of the mess.
I know Kennedy--he's affable and into being a lawmaker. Sorry he's in another mess.
from the Associated Press...
Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he'd taken a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness, but consumed no alcohol, before crashing his car near the Capitol.
In a statement, Kennedy, D-R.I., said the attending physician for Congress had prescribed Phenergan to treat Kennedy's gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
Kennedy said that after working Wednesday evening he went home and took ``prescribed'' amounts of Phenergan and Ambien, another drug that he sometimes takes to fall asleep.
In his statement, Kennedy said he was apparently disoriented from the drugs when he got up a little before 3 a.m. Thursday and drove to the Capitol thinking he needed to be present for a vote