After the November election, there will not be a Kennedy in Congress for the first time in almost half a century because Representative Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, has decided to retire from his Rhode Island seat.

“My life is taking a new direction and I will not be a candidate for re-election this year,” Patrick Kennedy said in a video announcing his decision nearly six months after his father, the “Liberal Lion” of the Senate, died.

Of course there is still time for another Kennedy to step forward and declare intentions to run for office, but we haven’t heard any whispers.

On the other hand, Ben Quayle, 33, the son of former vice president Dan Quayle, has thrown the gauntlet down and plans to run for the Arizona congressional seat of retiring Republican John Shadegg.

“The big news is my son, Ben Quayle, today filed his papers for congressman of the third Congressional district here in Arizona,”  Dan Quayle announced on Fox News. “It’s the next generation of leadership. The Republican Party’s got to move on.”