Caroline Kennedy Interested in Hillary’s Senate Seat

5 Dec

There are new reports that Caroline Kennedy is interested in taking over Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat. Didn’t we always know she would get something plum for the early and highly visible support of Obama during the dem primary? It just took a bit of time to figure out what it was she wanted.

As a Senator, she would probably be OK. She’s bright and politically engaged, but I wonder if that’s the best fit for her. I liked the idea of the United Nations or the UK ambassadorship post for Caroline. Plenty of loyal supporters and top donors that helped other presidential candidates have found themselves  rewarded with a swanky new ambassordship post. Caroline Kennedy seemed to fit nicely into that situation for all her Obama efforts on the campaign trail. Perhaps her ‘extra’ effort in assisting Obama with the VP selection committee put her ahead of the line for the Senate seat. 

Whether it is fair or not, is sadly beside the point as Gov. Paterson would likely have no choice but to pick her if she asked him. To select someone over her or to refuse her, would surely cost Gov. Paterson powerful political support within the dem party. There are just too many powerful politicos that love and support Caroline Kennedy. If she wants the seat, it’s as good as hers.

WASHINGTON—Democratic officials say Caroline Kennedy has spoken to New York Gov. David Paterson about the Senate seat that will come open when Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state.

Paterson’s office says that the governor had been approached by several candidates for the job but that he would not discuss private conversations.

Kennedy is the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and a niece of Edward and Robert Kennedy. Robert Kennedy held the New York seat from 1965 until his assassination in 1968.

Democrats familiar with the conversation with Kennedy spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge it.

Update: Gov. Paterson has confirmed he did indeed recieve a phone call from Caroline Kennedy but declined to discuss any details of their conversation.

There’s an online petition to persuade Gov. Paterson to ensure that Hillary’s Senate seat will be filled by another woman: Appoint a Woman to Senator Clinton’s Seat. There are many well qualified women (including Rep. Carolyn Maloney) that would be excellent replacements for the outgoing Hillary Clinton.

4 Responses to “Caroline Kennedy Interested in Hillary’s Senate Seat”

  1. tpt/ny December 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    She has never held an elected office & there are Too Many qualified people before her!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Please e-mail me @ the e-mail you have registered with wordpress & I’ll forward you a petition we NYer’s are circulating.
    There are out of state signers as well.
    The # 1 choice right now is Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Caroline can take her job. “No Problem”!
    If Paterson puts Kennedy in Clinton’s place that would be WRONG!!!

  2. E=Mc2 December 5, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    I really hate this. I want her to stay in CA and write books like a typical debutante in the Kennedy family. I will be so angry if she gets Hillary’s senate seat. It also sucks to see Patterson forced to give this seat to her with her having to do any work or actually earn votes from New Yorkers. I guess she and Obama have something in common after all.

  3. kynaleski December 18, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Not much different than Blagojecvich.

  4. ked478 December 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    She was born with 5 silver spoons in her mouth. I prefer Andrew Cuomo,he is at least working class. Kennedy is a spoiled brat. She has never had to work. She should continue fundraising and helping worth causes. She is a very wealthy woman. I think in their family only Maria Shriver can rival her wealth.We need a person who understands the working class. We pay most of the taxes.I am not biased against her,I prefer Andrew Cuomo.

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