Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) has announced that he will not seek reelection this year. In 2011, for the first time in 64 years, there will not be a Kennedy in Congress. The eight-term Kennedy faces high unfavorable ratings at home and would have faced stiff competition from a state GOP lawmaker who announced plans to run for Kennedy’s seat. Like his father, Patrick Kennedy was a staunch supporter of LGBT rights. We’re losing a good friend.