Patrick Kennedy speaks at anti-Ahmadinejad rally in New York

Patrick Kennedy is keeping busy in his post-congressional life. He visited Rhode Island to campaign for David Cicilline earlier this month, and now the AP reports he was among the speakers at a rally outside the United Nations organized by Iranian opposition groups this week:

Outside the building, thousands of anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrators rallied in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the world body. ..

Outside, former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama for recently taking the Iranian dissident group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, off the U.S. terrorist watch list. The group is a major anti-Ahmadinejad force that was allied with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. …

A coalition of Iranian-American groups organized the protest against Ahmadinejad – one of the largest gatherings staged against the Iranian leader in recent years during the General Assembly.

Speakers at the protest included two former U.S. ambassadors to the U.N., U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island.

CNN reports Kennedy has been paid to lobby for the MEK.

Update: The New York Times notes that Kennedy “admitted on camera last year that he had been paid $25,000 to voice his support for the M.E.K. at a rally in Washington.”

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