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The eldest child of Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife Joan, Kara Kennedy, has died at a Washington health club.
Her brother, Patrick, has confirmed the family’s latest loss. A cancer survivor, Kara Kennedy was very keen on helath and fitness. Patrick Kennedy believes that her cancer struggles over the past decade had taken their toll on her physically, and said “She is with Dad now”.
At 51, she had been married to Michael Allen in 1990 and since divorced, and the couple have two children, Grace (17) and Max (14).
News has also come that Eleanor Mondale, 51, daughter of Sen. Walter Mondale, has also died today. Eleanor had suffered from a brain tumor. The Senator released the following statement:
“Joan and I must report that our wonderful daughter, Eleanor Mondale Poling, after her long and gutsy battle against cancer, went up to heaven last night to be with her angel,” the former vice president said in a statement emailed to friends. “Thank you for all your friendship, you will hear more about plans to celebrate her life soon.”
His grandfather would be mortified that he was not “up to the fight” to hold onto his seat for a ninth term in Congress, put Patrick Kennedy, the youngest son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy has announced that he will not run for another term in Congress.
Kennedy, who has had a battle of substance abuse and other issues, much like his mother Joan Bennett Kennedy, has said that he will “champion the causes” that are dear to him in a different manner, but did not announce any immediate plans.
Yesterday, Florida’s Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a Republican, annoounced that he, too, was not seeking another term, deciding to focus on the Cuban-American issues from the private sector. His brother, also a Florida Congressman, immediately announced that he will relocate to his brother’s district to run for that seat.
The “Pink Slip” movement seems to be afoot for some, while others, Like Diaz-Balart, believe that there should be fresh ideas brought to Washington. After all, that was the way our forefathers planned it.
Side note: Don’t be surprised if Patrick Kennedy moves back to Massachusetts and runs for “his father’s seat” in 2012 against Scott Brown.