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Brothels, Communists, and Other Things That Will Go Unmentioned at the Ted Kennedy Institute

By Doug Powers  •  March 1, 2011 11:11 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute will make no mention of these things, but if you ask me they’re worthy of an entire wing:

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy arranged to “rent” a brothel for a night while on a visit to Chile and other Latin American countries decades ago, according to a 1961 State Department memo obtained and published by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch released several documents said to be from Kennedy’s FBI file. The group said it obtained a cleaner copy of the State Department memo after a mostly redacted version was made public earlier.

The Dec. 28, 1961, memo described a tour of several Latin American countries Kennedy made while he was an assistant prosecutor with Suffolk County, Mass.

Traveling with a professor, Kennedy “insisted on interviewing ‘the angry young men’ of the country,” according to the memo. This included “communists and others who had left-wing views.”

Meanwhile, your tax dollars continue to be poured into a shrine to the man who spent his political life handing out somebody else’s money and taking personal credit for the philanthropy. Ted’s still managing to spend taxpayer money from the great beyond, so you might want to keep a tight grip on your wallet for the foreseeable future:

In the 2009 federal budget, $5,813,000 was appropriated to the project through the Labor Department and Department of Health & Human Services spending bill. In the 2010 budget, $13,600,000 was funneled through the from the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services and another $18,900,000 through the Defense Department spending bill.

In April of last year, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry and Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Edward Markey attempted to insert another $8 million more in the now defunct Omnibus bill.

With $38.3 million already in the Institutes’s coffers and Kennedy’s wife Vicki pushing hard for more, Andre Lafferty and the Traditional Values Coalition are keeping a sharp eye, hoping to prevent any more federal funds from going to Kennedy’s center.

The family would use their own money for this project but they don’t want to dishonor the legacy.

Wouldn’t Ted want these tens of millions of dollars to go towards health care for the poor instead of a monument to himself? Don’t answer that.

Last year John Kerry defended the spending, saying the EMK Institute would draw tourists to Boston. That should come as great news for taxpayers in Provo, Tampa, Paducah and St. Louis who are also paying for it.

Draw tourists?

“Honey, should we go to Disneyland, Hawaii or maybe Paris this year?”

“Forget about all that — we’re going to the Ted Kennedy Institute!”

If they’d actually build a brothel wing, then Kerry might be on to something. Now that I think about it, a KGB wing could lure in tourists from Russia.

**Written by Doug Powers

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