We can all hear Lincoln Chafee breathing a sigh of relief
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., on Wednesday ruled out a run for the Senate in 2006, saying he could better serve his constituents by staying in the House and serving on the Appropriations Committee.
Kennedy has been in Boston caring for his mother, Joan Kennedy, who was hospitalized with a concussion and a broken shoulder after a passer-by found her lying in a street Tuesday.
In a statement, Kennedy did not cite family responsibilities as a reason for his decision, but he and his brother and sister recently took temporary guardianship of his mother to ensure she receives treatment for her alcoholism. Patrick Kennedy was seeking to become her permanent legal guardian.
We've lost two of our strongest candidates against Chafee. Rep. Langevin was driven out of the race by the pro-choice lobby, and Kennedy out by family concerns.
Rookie Secretary of State Matt Brown is last man standing.
With this news, give the edge to Chafee.
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