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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.”
What secrets still remain about one of America’s most famous public figures?
Before the FBI releases 3,000 pages of its file on Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, the family of the late political icon will have a chance to review them and make its case to keep some portions from being made public.
The release of this first installment of Kennedy’s file comes in response to several Freedom of Information Act requests made following the senator’s death from brain cancer in 2009 at the age of 77.
According to The Boston Globe, the Kennedy family’s review of the documents is an “uncommon” privilege and is meant to ensure that the privacy of living people mentioned in the file is not violated.
While neither the FBI nor the Kennedy family has publicly commented on its contents, it’s possible the file could shed new light on such events as the 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne, the passenger who drowned when Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass.
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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.
Boston.com’s interactive mapping has crashed several times.
Fifty-minutes after the polls closed, Brown is at 52% and Coakley at 47%.
The City of Boston is going for Coakley, but areas like Plymouth went for Brown.
The “Scott heard round the world” is about to be heard!