Friday, May 05, 2006

Patrick Kennedy To Enter Rehab (Again)

Last night we heard the story of one, Patrick Kennedy (son of Ted), and how he crashed his car apparently under the influence of an impairing substance and how the Capitol police handled the situation, by giving him a ride home. Today, he said he's entering rehab.

He said he doesn't remember.

"I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police, or being cited for three driving infractions," Kennedy said.

Yet, here, he describes everything.

Kennedy's full written statement:

"Last Tuesday, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress treated me for Gastroenteritis. The Attending Physician prescribed Phenergan, an anti-nausea medication, which in addition to treating Gastroenteritis, I now know can cause drowsiness and sedation.

Following the last series of votes on Wednesday evening, I returned to my home on Capitol Hill and took the prescribed amount of Phenergan and Ambien, which was also prescribed by the Attending Physician some time ago and I occasionally take to fall asleep. Some time around 2:45am, I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote. Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication. At that time, I was involved in a one-car incident in which my car hit the security barrier at the corner of 1st and C St., SE. At no time before the incident did I consume any alcohol.

At the time of the accident, I was instructed to park my car and was driven home by the United States Capitol Police. At no time did I ask for any special consideration, I simply complied with what the officers asked me to do.

I have the utmost respect for the United States Capitol Police and the job they do to keep Members of Congress and the Capitol Complex safe. I have contacted the Chief of Capitol Police and offered to meet with police representatives at their earliest convenience as I intend to cooperate fully with any investigation they choose to undertake."

Which is it, Pat? Do you remember, or not? Don't you remember being at the Hawk and Dove bar, having a few belts, before the crash? As the old saying goes, the acorn does't fall too far from the tree, does it?

Expect the GOP to maximize this story to their advantage. This is a "fall in your lap" opportunity for them. Even the usually liberal Time Magazine thinks so.

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