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Friday, May 05, 2006

Camelot - hiccup!!!

Officers Claim Brass Interfered in Investigation of Rep. Kennedy Incident
By John McArdle
Roll Call Staff
Thursday, May 4; 4:16 pm

Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).

And it seems that most of the DUers think the preferential treatment received by Patrick isn't a good thing, except for this guy - who wants more info on the "whistleblower" who is saying that Kennedy was drinking at the Hawk & Dove (bar):
aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Fri May-05-06 09:04 AM
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13. Who is the guy all over the airwaves saying Kennedy was drunk?

Was he there? If he was there, why did he not do a breathalyzer or whatever they do these days. Is he saying his superiors prevented it? If so, why does he want to turn on them?

As dicey as I find the convenient Ambien story (because I have NO sympathy for anyone who continued using it after the news came out), I am equally suspicious of this public-spirited public servant who feels the need to come forward with a drunk claim he cannot prove. In other words, at this time, it's pure slander. I need to know LOTS more about this whistle blower. Because whatever happens, whatever is finally proved, this Kennedy is now permanently tarred with Like father, like son.

More info on the evidence that Patrick wasn't just under the influence of a sleeping pill:
Pat cites pills in car wreck
By Dave Wedge
Friday, May 5, 2006 - Updated: 01:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON -U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy insisted yesterday that he had consumed “no alcohol” before he slammed his Mustang convertible into a concrete barrier near his office, but a hostess at a popular Capitol Hill watering hole told the Herald she saw him drinking in the hours before the crash.

“He was drinking a little bit,” said the woman, who works at the Hawk & Dove and would not give her name.

Leaving his office late last night, Kennedy refused to say whether he’d been to the Hawk & Dove the night before.
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The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering, Baird’s letter states. The letter also said that Kennedy claimed he was“late to a vote.” The last House vote was taken nearly six hours earlier.

Patrolmen’s union president Lou Cannon told the Associated Press that officers were fuming that police brass intervened and blocked attempts to give Kennedy sobriety tests. “The officers just want to be able to do their jobs,” Cannon said.

Leaving his Capitol Hill office last night, Kennedy told reporters: “I asked for no special treatment.”

After Kennedy responded to the swelling scandal with his first letter, a Herald reporter visisted bars where Kennedy is known to socialize.

A bartender at the Tune Inn, which is next to the Hawk & Dove, also said Kennedy was spotted in the Hawk & Dove Wednesday.

Hawk & Dove manager Edgar Gutierrez said Kennedy is a regular in the bar. Gutierrez said he was working Wednesday night but did not see the congressman.

Kennedy, who has battled booze and drug problems in the past, said in his first statement: “I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake.”

Despite the wreck, Kennedy took part in normal business at the Capitol yesterday and appeared unshaken by the incident as he chatted with other members. But one Rhode Island political insider said there has been talk of Kennedy’s bizarre behavior of late.

“He has looked terrible lately,” the source said. “He’s been acting goofy, kind of zany.”

In addition to seeking substance abuse treatment as a teen, Kennedy has acknowledged being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

And not sure about you, but have you ever heard about someone taking a sleeping pill and then heading out at 2 am? Most people who take Ambien... you know... go to bed. The fact that Patrick was up at 2am tells me that he wasn't too interested in sleeping.

Ahhh, what a great legacy!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler