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Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy Protected from Investigation

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Breaking news from Roll Call (subscription required):

Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).


According to a letter sent by Officer Greg Baird, acting chairman of the USCP FOP, the wreck took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday when Kennedy's car, operating with its running lights turned off, narrowly missed colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser and smashed into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast.

"The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering," Baird's letter states. Officers approached the driver, who "declared to them he was a Congressman and was late to a vote. The House had adjourned nearly three hours before this incident. It was Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy from Rhode Island."

Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then "ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over."

Baird said he had been advised that after the officers departed, Capitol Police "House Division officials" gave Kennedy a ride home.

Kennedy's office did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

He said he was going to a vote at 2:45am? He must have really downed quite a few adult beverages if he thought the cops would buy that one. And what is going on with these Democrats thinking that they don't need to pay the consequences for their behavior?

There's more at WUSA:

9 News has learned U.S. Capitol police officers are concerned about the handling of an accident involving Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island) about 3 a.m. this morning.


Rep. Kennedy was reportedly behind the wheel of a green Ford Mustang when it crashed into a security barrier at 1st and "C" streets Southeast.

There are no reports of injuries. A Boston TV station is reporting Kennedy told officers he was late for a vote. We are told police drove him home after conferring with higher-ups in the department. So far, Kennedy HAS NOT been charged. A spokesman for his office told CNN that alcohol was NOT involved.

The head of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1, Lou Cannon, told 9 News that he's concerned that Kennedy may have received special treatment and this could be a case where "rank has its privilege."

Cannon also told 9 News that officers noticed the car swerving, looking as if it was going to make a U-turn.

9 News reporter Stacey Cohan spoke to Kennedy's press secretary at his congressional office in Rhode Island, who said she is looking into the situation, but does not have any information right now.

Congressman Patrick Kennedy is Ted Kennedy's son. He is currently serving his sixth term as the Democratic Congressman from Rhode Island. He sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

At least no one was hurt when this Kennedy was driving.

Update: Drudge has his siren flashing on this one:

Officers Claim Brass Interfered in Investigation of Rep. Kennedy Incident, ROLL CALL reports.


Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

According to a letter sent by Officer Greg Baird, acting chairman of the USCP FOP, the wreck took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday when Kennedy's car, operating with its running lights turned off, narrowly missed colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser and smashed into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast.

A Capitol Police bulletin issued this afternoon stated that the department is investigating a "traffic violation that occurred in the early morning hours on May 4" at that location, ROLL CALL's John McArdle reports.

"The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering," Baird's letter states. Officers approached the driver, who "declared to them he was a Congressman and was late to a vote. The House had adjourned nearly three hours before this incident. It was Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy from Rhode Island."

Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then "ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over."

This morning's incident comes just over two weeks after Kennedy was involved in a car accident in Rhode Island.

Was that accident covered up too?

Update II: Here are copies of the police report Kennedy's previous accident. Hat tip: Michelle

Update III: I guess there's more than one way for a Kennedy to get hammered.

Update IV: Rep. Kennedy issued a statement in which he said he consumed no alcohol before the accident:

"I was involved in a traffic accident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol," Kennedy said in a written statement released by his office. "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."


Kennedy appeared to be intoxicated when he crashed his car into a barrier on Capitol Hill early Thursday morning, said Louis P. Cannon, president of the Washington chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Cannon, who was not there, said the officers involved in the accident were instructed by an official "above the rank of patrolman" to take Kennedy home.

No sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

I guess we'll never know because the Capitol police who were on the scene were sent packing before they could administer a sobriety or breathalyzer test. So how does Rep. Kennedy explain the staggering the officers said they witnessed?

Update V: Rep. Kennedy issued a new, longer statement in which he said he was impaired because he took sleep medication:

WASHINGTON - Rep. Patrick Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness.


Kennedy, D-R.I., addressed the issue after a spate of news reports. His initial statement said, "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident."

Later, however, he issued a longer statement saying the attending physician for Congress had prescribed Phenergan on Tuesday to treat Kennedy's gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes in Congress and took "prescribed" amounts of Phenergan and Ambien, another prescribed drug that he occasionally takes to fall asleep.

"Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote," his second statement said. "Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication."

I don't know which is worse: getting sloshed and then driving or deliberately mixing two sleep inducing medications and driving. Either way, this guy should be arrested for driving while stupid.

Update VI: Take a look at the post at Flopping Aces. He lists all the Democrats who have created problems for themselves as well as the recent incidents that Rep. Kennedy has been involved in. Add it all up and we have one out of control Democratic Party.

Update VII: Fausta at BadHairBlog speculates why Rep. Kennedy may have told the police that he was on his way to a vote at 2:45 am:

Late to a vote? One would think that answer showed he was drunk, but he was claiming something else: More like claiming diplomatic Constitutional immunity.


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;

Patrick claims he had no alcohol prior to the incident.

And if he did, it sure didn't affect his memory of the Constitution.

Great catch, Fausta.

Update VIII: Here's a shot of Kennedy with a drink in hand, and one with a dancing cop...

Michelle Malkin, Greg at The Political Pitbull, A Blog for All, and Ace of Spades are following this as well.


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Comments (90)

Did He get a breathalyzer ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Did He get a breathalyzer test right away? or blood alcohol test? I bet not? Hes related to the swimmer.

ahh sorry that was answered... (Below threshold)
virgo:

ahh sorry that was answered up above hehe.

This kind of thing runs in ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

This kind of thing runs in that family, I suppose.

It just amazes me that the ... (Below threshold)

It just amazes me that the sort of thing that would ruin almost anyone else's life can be swept under the rug so easily.

His Boss fathers tentacles ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

His Boss fathers tentacles have a long powerful reach indeed.

"And what is going on with ... (Below threshold)
Omni:

"And what is going on with these Democrats thinking that they don't need to pay the consequences for their behavior?"

They've always been that way; now, they're just getting more blatant and arrogant about it... and they wonder why no one votes for them anymore.

more important question.</p... (Below threshold)
diversity day:

more important question.

are those actually his teeth in that photo, or does he have a mouth full of corn?

Gee ociffer i just swerved ... (Below threshold)
CurlyLarryMoe:

Gee ociffer i just swerved off the road because i bit into one of these rotten corn nuts in my mouth. can you guys give me a ride to my dads place? You know Him, Hes the biggest blowhard in the senate!

Well at least no one got ki... (Below threshold)
cate s.:

Well at least no one got killed this time unlike when his father was drinking and driving. Like father, like son.

He said he was rushing to a... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

He said he was rushing to a vote but the last vote had been six hours earlier. This is the most blatant attempt at cover-up and privilige since, well, another drunk Kennedy was given preferential treatment. This is outrageous. If it was you or I, we would have been arrested and be facing DUI charges. Junior gets a ride home and tucked into bed.

Like father, like son.

Denial is also a river in E... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Denial is also a river in Egypt. The statement: "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident..." could lead one to belive he might have been under the influence of *other* substanances.

Patrick J. Kennedy was one ... (Below threshold)

Patrick J. Kennedy was one of the top House Democrat recipients of money from Jack Abramoff's clients.

And remember: Chappaquiddick Ted was the genius behind our current immigration woes.

Can You imagine if this had... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

Can You imagine if this had been one of the Bush twins that had this special treatment? what would the lefts reaction be? hmmmmm

Not that I would put it pas... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Not that I would put it past a Kennedy to be driving drunk, but the staggering thing alone does not necessarily mean he was drunk. I got into a pretty bad accident on the way home from work a few years back (truck hit me from behind going forty, I was stopped), and I was dazed and staggering around immediately afterwards.

Then again, he did apparently say he was late for a vote at 3 am, so...

manits:If he had b... (Below threshold)
Proud kaffir:

manits:

If he had been injured shouldn't the cops have gotten him some medical help. I hope you got a medical check-up after the accident if you were feeling dazed.

Omni, Virgo, Proud Kaffir, ... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Omni, Virgo, Proud Kaffir, Cate S et al

""And what is going on with these Democrats thinking that they don't need to pay the consequences for their behavior?"" from Omni

And

""And what is going on with these Democrats thinking that they don't need to pay the consequences for their behavior?" from cate s

It never ceases to boggle the mind. So here's another sleazy Kennedy story.

Given the quotes above, you'd think that we didn't have a President, Sec. Of Defense & a Vice-President who are CLEARLY guilty of 2nd degree murder of 2400 Americans and another 18K Americans maimed & crippled from their deliberate LIES to falsely lead this nation into a war of choice that they foisted on this nation.

Granted there is no evidence that the above war criminals were intoxicated when they LIED to this nation.

None of you give a rat shit about the Bush/Cheney Murder & Maiming while totally sober. You damnable hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But lets turn our heads from the true monstrous crime of this President & his coddling Party who made Mass Murder the order of this new century.

Behold, we have another Kennedy to hang for inebriation.

Strain on a gnat and swallow a herd of camels-anything to cover up the REAL crime against this nation.

Any of you Republican hypocrites catch the nailing of the Master Murderer Rumsfeld in Atlanta today?

Yeah that late for a vote a... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Yeah that late for a vote at 3am thing is really glaring. unless of course He meant a vote on who buys the next round at the local pub? i thought they said He was not injured? so why stagger? and for crying outloud the cops around here want to give you a field sobriety test when you have,nt even had an accident or stagger or anything.this is such a croc!

MakPlease stick to... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Mak

Please stick to the posted topic and take another glycerin tablet..

Virgo Before trea... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Virgo

Before treating w/ minor Kennedy crimes, deal w./ the Murder perpetrated by your criminal president.
In your comments, you turned the question to Democrats thinking they can get away w/ something.

So, as long as we're addressing getting away w/ something LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE of murder-sanctioning you P.O.S. And it's your Political Party.

At least the GOP does,nt sa... (Below threshold)
virgo:

At least the GOP does,nt sanction the mass murder of the unborn!And Your calling who a Hypocrite?

Another mutt from the Kenne... (Below threshold)
SmartGuy:

Another mutt from the Kennedy litter gets to lift his leg to the judicial system, then go back to sucking on the taxpayer teat without any repercussion.

Thoroughly and utterly disgusting.

Does anyone know if Congres... (Below threshold)
Michael S.:

Does anyone know if Congressman Kennedy plans to wear a neck brace to any of his official functions tomorrow?

Man. Imagine if this happe... (Below threshold)
KMan:

Man. Imagine if this happened to Dick Cheney? I can't even begin to imagine when the newspapers, talk shows, Today show, CNN, op-eds, etc etc would stop discussing this for 24 hours a day.

Being a Dem has its advantages. As my buddy claims -- it is the party that says "do as I say, not do as I do".

Gee, I wonder if his dad to... (Below threshold)
DOUG BOOK:

Gee, I wonder if his dad told him to do the right thing and come clean?

One day the kennedy's will... (Below threshold)
jainphx:

One day the kennedy's will be judged, hopefully by then,they will not be in a position to cause this country more damage. Arrogance is the only strong suit of this tribe of idiots. God help us .

KMan ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

KMan If this were Cheney it would be nonstop wall to wall coverage of the Whitehouse cover-up! what did Bush know? when did He know it? did Rove threaten to fire the chief of police if Cheney were given a FST , Condi Rice is ratcheting up the Iran situation to give cover for Cheney. and on and on in a million possible sub plots. Plus can You imagine the White house press corp? haha they,d be chewing their hand off to get the fisrt dig in.

Mak44:I'm not goin... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

Mak44:

I'm not going to go along with your attempted thread jack today but just to note that Patrick Kennedy voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq. Of course, much like driving a car, using that Congressional voting device when you are slashed is kind of tricky- as is, by your example, attempting to post coherently on a blog while under the influence of multiple substances.

I will not respond to you anymore. You and your Pavlovian puppies/ Bush lied mantra are nothing but a broken record. I suggest others follow suit. No more feeding this troll until he can debate in a proper, intelligible manner.


Best Regards,
PK

He shot who in the face?</p... (Below threshold)
seattle slough:

He shot who in the face?

And the post above says that the Capitol Police were sent away. That is correct, they were sent away ... by the Capitol Police. So in essence, they sent themselves away.

It isn't like the Secret Service stepped in and told these local officers to butt out.

Not that I am saying this is excusable behavior nor am I condoning the behavior. But we are talking about a one car accident where no one was injured. Again, it isn't like he shot some guy in the face. Or beat up his mistress. Or raped a child.

enjoy: http://www.armchairsubversive.com/

Baird wrote that Capitol... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then "ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over."

Baird said he had been advised that after the officers departed, Capitol Police "House Division officials" gave Kennedy a ride home.

They were sent away and not allowed to investigate further. This is a clear case of privilige.

He hasn't killed anyone yet. However considering this is his second accident in two weeks, shouldn't safety be of concern?

Proud KaffirYour c... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Proud Kaffir

Your criminal thug, Rumsfeld, had his ass nailed to the wall today in Atlanta for lying about Iraq, using his very words from the past by a retired CIA officer yet. You people on here don't give a shit about what these war criminals have done to this nation, but like the typical Hypocrite, go looney over a Kennedy DUI incident.

It just shows where your priorities are. You people are just filthy for your tolerance of criminal leaders while picking over a possible DUI.

Wonder if all the lefties t... (Below threshold)

Wonder if all the lefties that were huffing and puffing about Dick Cheney's lunch-time beer before his hunting accident will do the same about Kennedy's incident?

Oh, and that was a rhetorical question.

And don't forget he assault... (Below threshold)
Jo:

And don't forget he assaulted that black female airport security guard a few years back. He got off on that too because there was a payoff.

That's how the Kennedys deal with all their crimes. Payoffs.

More about those "minor" Ke... (Below threshold)
robert:

More about those "minor" Kennedy crimes:

Joe Sr., father of Ted, ran whiskey during prohibition from whence came the family fortune. Joe Sr. would otherwise be compared to Al Capone except that Capone never supported the Nazis.

Ted, father of this one, is surely guilty of negligent homicide, if not outright murder. While another family member stood accused of rape, and yet another now resides upstate for murder in a golfing "accident", Ted never faced charges in the "unwelcome advances while not wearing pants" category.

The third generation then, apparently is in the habit of a car accident every week or so, accompanied no doubt, by some of the product his grandfather so notoriously smuggled. We know, with far too much experience, that well-connected drunks who drive and get away with it, eventually kill others, themselves, or both. The fact that he narrowly missed a police car and "only slammed into a barrier" we can altogether attribute to luck, not superior family drunk driving skills and lack of available bridges.

On the subject of superior skills, some might conclude that flying a plane through a storm with your leg in a cast is something only a Kennedy, or Evil Knieval, would even try. But the run of death is a long one, when this family pilots vehicles.

That none of these three criminals have yet to face a charge says a lot about privilege v justice. Each has offered only excuses so lame that only a liberal would believe them.

In the evading justice game, drunk driving does rate lower than rape or murder, I must confess. But if you think that serial drunk driving is so minor, try telling that to the judge, the next time it comes up, and see what happens. Best of luck with that.


I wonder how the accident r... (Below threshold)
virgo:

I wonder how the accident report will read? mechanical failure? falling asleep?avoiding an animal will be most probable. I wonder why no reason was suggested? I suppose it would be fair to assume they havent chosen one yet? kind of like the McKinney thing.

You right-wing people? are ... (Below threshold)
mak44:

You right-wing people? are just plain scum for what gets you honked as compared w/ what you swallow.

Blatant Hypocrites--you got an administrationm riddled w/ major crime against the people of this nation& you become a pack of running dogs for the possibblity of a Kennedy DUI.

Well it beats talking about... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Well it beats talking about the lousy economy all the live long day!

1) Apologist for DUII = apo... (Below threshold)

1) Apologist for DUII = apologist for manslaughter or worse.
2) The number of folks dying each year at the hand of drunk drivers in the US eclipses the annual US, Iraqi and foreign insurgent death toll. Just try and legitimize your anti-administration rants and ignore that statistic.
3) This flaunting of law and responsibility destroys any credibility the individual, or those that defend him, might have. It is an attack on our system of government as brutal as anything alleged by the left.

epadorwhat a simpl... (Below threshold)
mak44:

epador

what a simplistic argument you slobbered up there.

The 2 are not comparable and in the case of the Iraqi slaughter the result of deliberate lies to mislead a nation into war.

No logical connection--apples and oranged

oranges... (Below threshold)
mak44:

oranges

You may have been misled , ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

You may have been misled , I was not! I knew exactly why we went to Iraq. To get rid of Saddams regime, and that is what we have done.

<a href="http://michellemal... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

Michelle Malkin has the police report from Patrick's previous accident from two weeks ago in R.I. The most interesting part is Kennedy's handwriting. Although the police officer calls his appearace normal (probably normal for a Kennedy), his handwriting and words do not appear to be the work of a sober Congressman.

As I've read in other parts of the internet, his statement appears to be written by a chimpanzee, or a 2 year-old, or a Kennedy.

Aha the one thing i did not... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Aha the one thing i did not add in my above paragraph, the excuse is going to be He was taking prescription drugs? thats a good one . i wonder if they were in the car? quick write a prescription..

Sure sounds fishy to me. Ju... (Below threshold)

Sure sounds fishy to me. Just to play devil's advocate, could he be diabetic, prone to insulin shock? The symptoms can be similar to drunk driving. And some people are still sensitive enough about diabetes to try and keep it private.

VirgoYou continual... (Below threshold)
mak44:

Virgo

You continually prove just how damn dumb you are.

Your postings reflect that you have nil for thought processing or refleection. Too many years of LimBARF & Insanity brainwashing.

A good point!... (Below threshold)
virgo:

A good point!

He is claiming now that he ... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

He is claiming now that he was at home, took his sleeping and anti-nausea meds, became disoriented, and in his state of disorientation drove to the Capitol believing he was late for a vote.

These people are shameless.

LOL!... (Below threshold)
Lee:

LOL!

A good point Brian I meant... (Below threshold)
virgo:

A good point Brian I meant, only if He has had a couple of accidents in a couple of weeks? maybe its time for a Limo ride to and fro, im sure He can afford it.
I dont get fox , I wish I did ,that Colmes guy seems like a much kinder and nice version of You. 44kaM

Hes really in concoction mo... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Hes really in concoction mode now. better be careful; the more you say the more discrepancies to be had..

Mak:"President, Sec.... (Below threshold)

Mak:
"President, Sec. Of Defense & a Vice-President who are CLEARLY guilty of 2nd degree murder"
"Virgo
You continually prove just how damn dumb you are.
Your postings reflect that you have nil for thought processing or refleection.

Virgo or Gemini?

I could not understand that... (Below threshold)
virgo:

I could not understand that level of incoherency and so did not respond, i mean where do you begin?

"George Bush doesn't care a... (Below threshold)

"George Bush doesn't care about black people"

Patrick Kennedy also... (Below threshold)
jack rudd:


Patrick Kennedy also has been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder.

I don't believe any descendent of Joseph Kennedy should be allowed to fly an airplane, drive a car or vote.

Or hold political office! <... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Or hold political office!

[totally disregarding he wh... (Below threshold)

[totally disregarding he who shall not be named]

the Ambien/Phenergan story is believable (though not necessarily true, an immediate urine and blood drug screen now might help verify the story), however:

1) if true he was still DUII, and guilty as hell
2) with his past medical history, I'd like to know what doctor wrote him an Ambien script and
a) if the Medical Board is going to review prescribing practices of the doc(s) and
b) if the DA is going to do a Rush Limbaugh investigation of Kennedy's scripts for the last 3 years.
3) if he's let off for DUII with his story accepted as true, my original post still holds.

If we're going to get all hot and bothered about

less than 3000 US warfighte... (Below threshold)

less than 3000 US warfighters' deaths - folks who volunteered to take the risk and paid the price - we should look proportionally at the roughly 20,000 who die annually within our borders due to impaired drivers. An this instance, a DUII - fully admitted - being favorably and improperly shielded from prosecution, is at least as horrible a crime as any alleged by our MB posters of our administration.

Looking at the handwriting ... (Below threshold)

Looking at the handwriting on the incident report from the previous RI accident, pharmacologic OR psychiatric impairment is possible. We might be looking at a manic episode here. Even the recent infection could have brought one on (and impaired judgement on how to use his prescribed medications). Or a drug interaction (who knows what he may or may not be taking for bipolar). If he's bona-fide psych impaired, he needs to be relieved of his elected office. If he's driving drug impaired, he needs to be charged DUII. Either way, he does not exhibit behavior that ought to be tolerated in an elected official, and certainly not protected/shielded by the Capitol Police.

Call the DA in Florida that... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Call the DA in Florida that had Limbaugh's case, and let him have at it, if only to prove his obvious good faith.

Hold it, didn't the USA vote in 2004 to re-elect the "2nd degree murderer," Mak? Did they beam that mind control ray they keep hitting you with, and force us to vote for Bush-Cheney? Creep.

"Field Negro hate himself!"

All of this talk of "protec... (Below threshold)
Lee:

All of this talk of "protected by the Capitol police"... I strongly suspect that this protection" is bipartisan, not that anyone has suggested otherwise, and this "courtesy" is extended to member of both political parties.

So I'm sure you chaps will be equally outraged when this courtesy is extended to a Republican at some point in the future... not!

And yes, I agree that it may have been Kennedy's illness that is behind all of this -- either his medication or his condition. Makes the courtesy extended by the Capitol Police sargent all that more understandable. (after looking at Kennedy's handwriting on the previous accident report I am even more convinced).

I am going to go out on a l... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

I am going to go out on a limb here, but I think Mak is retired from the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the State Education Department, or probably more likely the State Community College.

In other words, the last bastions of common sense in society.

It would seem elementary, W... (Below threshold)
robert:

It would seem elementary, Watson, that someone who is too incoherent to write might also be too bad off to drive. Something about slamming into a barrier tends to confirm that hypothesis.

One must take some personal responsibility - even the dear congressman - albeit handicapped by his upbringing. The "I'm sorry madam, but your brain surgery failed due to my psychotic episode" line always falls a bit short.

Just once I would like to have one of these clowns admit that: "I was so blitzed on ________ (fill in the blank: drugs, booze... glue) that I didn't know what day it was much less what time".

And for those who insist that this is insulin or epilepsy, I can only wish you an early diagnosis and successful treatment.

And he works with children,... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

And he works with children, maybe like Slick Willie works with interns. Two dim-wits are now on the list of people that should not be trusted around, much less involved with children.

Kim, this will be the very ... (Below threshold)

Kim, this will be the very first instance in my life that I have ever said anything in defense of a Kennedy, but I believe the "drink" in his hand is a glass of ice water. Rare occurrence indeed.

In Kennedy Defense Theory, ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

In Kennedy Defense Theory, this is referred to as "riding out the storm". They know that in Massachusetts politics, as long as you're not convicted, you can get away with a lot of things, including manslauter, impaired driving, and more. That's been going on literally for decades. A week from now, nobody's gonna remember. At least they don't have to worry about the press stirring the pot.

I look forward to the elder Kennedy's retirement. What a despicable man.

Gee, whatever happened to the Cynthia McKinney case? Has it dropped off the radar already?

Let's understand this for w... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Let's understand this for what it is. Kennedy admitted he takes sleeping pills before he votes on important issues.

There was a simple way to c... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

There was a simple way to clear all this up. Kennedy should have submitted to a BAT when the incident occured. Maybe he wasn't drunk. maybe the Capitol Police sergeants were doing something they would do for any Congressman. We'll never know because of the way the situation was handled. That's what makes everyine immediately scream, "Cover-up."

Can You imagine if this had... (Below threshold)
viet vet:

Can You imagine if this had been one of the Bush twins that had this special treatment? what would the lefts reaction be? hmmmmm
Posted by: virgo1 at May 4, 2006 07:44 PM

Hmmmm is right. In fact, it already happened. President (of Chivas Regal) Bush was nailed for drunk driving and got a slap on the wrist. Then, he was busted for cocaine possession and got off scott free. So exactly what are you morons gripping about? It happens with people is positions of power (right and left) all the time.

Now, can we say 32% approval rating?

Why do Republicans hate the United States so much?

"George Bush doesn't care a... (Below threshold)

"George Bush doesn't care about black people"

Bush has admitted and atone... (Below threshold)

Bush has admitted and atoned for his past sins. He might be a good example to counter the Kennedy way of [not]dealing with your sins. But not an appropriate argument to wash away the sins of the Kennedy clan.

One way or another, Patrick is impaired. And the Capitol Police are enabling him rather than helping him. Maybe we should send Cynthia McKinney over there to knock some sense into the supervisors that blocked the lower ranked officers from doing their job.

Hey, see, you got your litt... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

Hey, see, you got your little emotional boost, didn't ya? What did I tell ya?

I especially like the "See, this proves that all Dems are evil" posts. It's that hyper-polarized, trick-memory, political party thing; now everybody looks stupid, and not just the Republicans.

You're all a bunch of dunces, which is what I've been saying all along: A Splendid Time is Guaranteed for All. Politics is broke.

Yeah, Kennedy: he is guilty, guilty, guilty! On to the next thing.

Bush has admitted and atone... (Below threshold)
viet vet:

Bush has admitted and atoned for his past sins. He might be a good example to counter the Kennedy way of [not]dealing with your sins.
Posted By Epador

I see that Epador is as impaired as the Kennedy and Bush clans. George Bush never attoned for his past sins - he won't even admit to being an alcoholic, or admit to deserting the air national guard during the Vietnam war.

Epador, why do you and all Republicans hate the United States so much?

Dont sleeping tablets gener... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Dont sleeping tablets generally put You to sleep? not get You in the mood to go out for a 2:45am cruise in the stang? I think He was making a Gin & Bourbon run for pops.

Please, folk, let us calm d... (Below threshold)
jim:

Please, folk, let us calm down, I beg you all.

It may well be that the Capitol police actually did him a dis-service by NOT performing the standard DWI field tests.

I have a relative who has taken meds in the same drug family as Ambien. For that reason, I did lots of research on them. Ambien really can do and has done what this Kennedy has claimed.

Among the recorded side effects are:

- allergic reaction including difficulty breathing
- hallucinations
- abnormal behavior
- severe confusion

From:

http://sleepdisorders.about.com/od/medication/a/ambieneffects.htm

Generally, folk who take drugs in this and several related families must avoid driving cars, etc. Here, if he is to be believed, he timed his med properly for after all driving, etc.

VietVet the chia pet<... (Below threshold)
virgo:

VietVet the chia pet

The cops and courts were a lot more lenient on drunk driving during the 60s then today.

This guy didnt even get a slap on the wrist? 2 accidents in a week? give me a break.

"field negro doesnt care about white people"

Shades of Vincent Foster. Y... (Below threshold)

Shades of Vincent Foster. You've got to have the "right people" in charge of the investigation don't ya know.

<a href="http://news.boston... (Below threshold)

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=137995


WASHINGTON -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.

She had better fear for Her... (Below threshold)
CurlyLarryMoe:

She had better fear for Her life if the Kennedys find out who She is? drinking it up at the pub! i wonder if the cameras/tapes in the Bar will be viewed or will they be swept away like the rose law firm billing records or McKinney tape. there is no criminal investigation so keep daddy swimmer away from the tapes.

Gee dad my Gin bl... (Below threshold)
Tincan Sailor:


Gee dad my Gin blossoms are better than yours!!!

No son You just handle Your... (Below threshold)
virgo:

No son You just handle Your liquor better!!

He said he consumed no alco... (Below threshold)
robert:

He said he consumed no alcohol but a waitress witnessed him drinking just before the crash.

Why am I not surprised?

For those who are quoting from the small print issued in medicine bottles, I wish you good luck, and I will have no more to say to you.

For others, with a brain, one cannot escape the sequence of events:

1) He was apprehended after crashing the car, disoriented, and appeared drunk. To avoid the breath test, he played the "I'm going to vote" get out of jail card, thereby avoiding the immediate problem.
2) The next day we have another problem. Why would anyone say they are on the way to vote, when there is no vote at 3 AM, except to avoid the test? This is a PR problem at the least, and possibly a legal one as well.
3) Enter the drug reaction, bad medicine, psychic break, insulin, epilepsy, etc. excuses - anything to avoid the painfully obvious. This is the only way to explain the "I'm going to vote" statement without admitting to anything illegal - thus the disorientation by medicine line.
4) This is so farfetched as to almost defy reason. However, it is only necessary to fool the feeble minded, Republicans will not vote for him anyway.

Folks, I'm as hardcore a co... (Below threshold)
Bungaloebill:

Folks, I'm as hardcore a conservative as anybody and I have no use for Kennedys in general, but Ambien really can send you out into the night, half asleep and disoriented. And I'm not going to buy the waitress account unless she's willing to go on the record. Yes, the words "car crash" and "kennedy" in the same sentence cause snickers for most people but let's wait for the facts before jumping all over him. He can't help who his uncle is.

True, poor guy.... (Below threshold)
virgo:

True, poor guy.

Folks, I'm as hard... (Below threshold)
Folks, I'm as hardcore a conservative as anybody and I have no use for Kennedys in general, but Ambien really can send you out into the night, half asleep and disoriented.

Which, as noted above, is still DUI, is still dangerous to innocent people, and at least should still be grounds for arrest.

Although the police offi... (Below threshold)
scsiwuzzy:

Although the police officer calls his appearace normal (probably normal for a Kennedy), his handwriting and words do not appear to be the work of a sober Congressman

While I never enjoy defending a Kennedy, this only counts when you compare his day to day handwriting.
He may always have poor writing and bad grammar.
I have an application form from his uncle John when he joined the Knights of Columbus before he became a senator (was a reporter for INS).. and I can barely read the thing.

Ah the vultures are merrily... (Below threshold)
Ederlore:

Ah the vultures are merrily circling. Wow, you not only have a Democrat but a Kennedy as a fresh victim. How fortunate to have a non-news item to take the attention off of your incompetent boob in the White House. Gee, I guess it's OK for Jeb Bush's daughter, who was in possession of crack, to have Daddy Jeb whisk her off to rehab with minimal jail time, or for Limbaugh to get off with a slap on the wrist, or for Cheney to be protected from any breathalyzer tests with a 14 hour gap before speaking to the police but God forbid let a DEMOCRAT have an accident! Whip out the BBQ sauce Reichies! Feast to your hearts delight! Make all the snotty assumptions cause ya' have a victim. Who cares about getting the facts first, that's for someone with a brain. Let's convict on false assumptions just like you did with the Vince Foster case. Who cares if Hilary was found innocent of any involvement. After all she's been convicted in the Conservative Court of Ignorance and Hate! Of course if Kennedy were a Republican then you'd be circling the wagons to protect and excuse his behavior. How about that Porter Goss? Something about prostitutes? Pedophiles in Homeland Security. Forced prostitution and forced abortions for the women workers in Saipan thanks to Mr. Delay. Oh but tsk, tsk, let's not talk about the Republican dirty laundry. No, we can't do that. It might show just how disgustingly corrupt you "moral values" conservatives are. Better to pick at the splinter in your bretherns' eye than remove the beam from your own.

You idiot !how can We get t... (Below threshold)
virgo:

You idiot !how can We get the facts when the police covered them up? moron.

Elect Kerry for mayor of Ne... (Below threshold)
Sillary Rotham:

Elect Kerry for mayor of New OrLeans! fire "Field Nagin"

If Paddy hadn't been the of... (Below threshold)

If Paddy hadn't been the offspring of Tedward, his ass would be in jail as we type.

Politicians, of ANY party, ANY race, should *never* get a slap on the wrist. Ever. Face the music like the rest of us mere peasants.

It's gonna be ok. my dear</... (Below threshold)

It's gonna be ok. my dear

i think Patrick Kennedy is ... (Below threshold)

i think Patrick Kennedy is not guilty of anything.Leave the gut along for cripsakes.




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