WASHINGTON — Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) ruled out a run for the Senate in 2006 on Wednesday, 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.
Kennedy's mother, the former wife of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), was taken to Tufts New England Medical Center around 3 a.m. 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 that she received treatment for her alcoholism. Patrick Kennedy was seeking to become her permanent legal guardian.