Patrick Kennedy is going to enter rehab for his addiction to prescription pain killers:
Rep. Patrick Kennedy will enter rehab for addiction to prescription pain medication Friday evening after a highly publicized car crash near the Capitol.
Kennedy, D-R.I., plans to seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The congressman was announcing his decision during a new conference Friday afternoon, then planned to travel to Minnesota later in the day.
Kennedy, who has struggled with addiction and depression, said he had checked into the Mayo Clinic over the Christmas holidays and returned to Congress "reinvigorated and healthy."
"Of course, in every recovery, each day has its ups and downs, but I have been strong, focused and productive since my return," Kennedy said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.
The congressman said he became concerned about his condition after the Thursday morning car accident.
"I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police, or being cited for three driving infractions," Kennedy said. "That's not how I want to live my life. And that's not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island."
The congressman's father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., issued a supportive statement in which he said he's proud of his son for admitting his problem and taking steps to correct it.
"He has taken full responsibility for events that occurred ... and he will continue to cooperate fully with any investigation," the elder Kennedy said.
What makes this interesting is that he never said he took pain killers yesterday morning. He took Phenergan and Ambien.
Expose the Left has the video of Rep. Kennedy's press conference from minutes ago. One former prosecutor on Fox News believes Kennedy's announcement that he's addicted to pain killers, when he took anti-nausea medication and a sleep aid, is an attempt to garner sympathy from the public.
Rush Limbaugh was vilified by the prosecutor in Florida and by the media for his addiction to prescription pain medications. His doctor's office was raided for his medical records, some of which ended up on the internet. Will Rep. Kennedy get the same nasty treatment?
Update: According to the Boston Herald, Kennedy was seen drinking that evening at the Hawk& Dove, a popular Capitol Hill bar. If you were there and saw Kennedy drop us a line - especially if you snapped a picture of the Congressman imbibing in spirits...
Update II: Dan Riehl of Riehl World View has a message for Rep. Kennedy.