Caroline Ready to Declare

The New York Times is reporting that Caroline Kennedy, who has been toying with declaring interest in the New York Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton, has decided to seek the seat. From the New York Times:

The decision came after a series of deeply personal and political conversations, in which Ms. Kennedy, whom friends describe as unflashy but determined, wrestled with whether to give up what has been a lifetime of avoiding the spotlight.

Ms. Kennedy will ask Gov. David A. Paterson of New York to consider her for the appointment, according to the person told of her decision. The governor was traveling to Utica today and could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Kennedy apparatus has begun to move, with RFK Jr. publicly urging Caroline to seek the seat. And Caroline has hired a big name political consulting company associated with New York Senator Chuck Schumer to advise her as she moves forward.

But since then, she has begun reaching out to key political figures in New York, including Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the State Assembly, and Thomas P. DiNapoli, the state comptroller. She has also hired Knickerbocker SKD, a prominent political consulting firm headed by Josh Isay, a former chief of staff to Senator Charles E. Schumer, to advise her.

Not everybody in Democratic political circles is for this move. Some pot shots were being taken at Caroline already.

Already, some other Democrats have pointedly questioned her credentials for the job. United States Representative Gary Ackerman, a Queens Democrat, said last week that he did not know what Ms. Kennedy’s qualifications were, “except that she has name recognition — but so does J. Lo.”

Governor Paterson is now in a tough spot. If he appoints Caroline does he buy himself a Democratic opponent named Andrew Cuomo, who is interested in the Senate seat but may run against Paterson for governor if he is bypassed here. An interesting dilemma. Can the Governor do some horse trading here? Oh wait! That might not be legal! He really is in a tough spot.

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1 Response to Caroline Ready to Declare

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    We now have a political seat set aside for certain families. To support this observation I notice that Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg has dropped her married name and is now transformed to Caroline Kennedy. I guess the senate is to become the hose of Lords.



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