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.