Camelot's DC reign is over.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), the last Kennedy to serve in Congress, has decided not to run for re-election this year.
Kennedy, son of the late Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, will make the announcement today. He taped a message to his constituents that will air Sunday on the state's TV stations.
"Having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction," Kennedy says in a taped message to air Sunday.
When he leaves office, it will be the first time a Kennedy has not sat in Congress or the White House since future President John F. Kennedy entered the House in January 1947.
Patrick Kennedy, 42, was elected to the House in 1994.
His tenure has been marred by substance-abuse issues. He has been in and out of treatment since he was involved in a car crash outside the Capitol in 2006 while under the influence of prescription drugs.(SOURCE)