The New York Times is reporting that Caroline Kennedy has called New York Governor David Paterson to announce that she is no longer interested in being named to the Senate Seat vacated today by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From the Times:
On Wednesday she called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her concerns about Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s deteriorating health (he was hospitalized after suffering a seizure during President Obama’s inaugural lunch on Tuesday ) prompted her decision to withdraw, this person said. Coping with her uncle’s condition was her most important priority, a situation not conducive to starting a high profile public job.
Mr. Paterson had indicated to her that the job was hers if she would accept it, the person said.
Governor Paterson has indicated that he will name a replacement for Clinton by Saturday. The announcement seemed to take many by suprise, but may in fact reflect the fact that Kennedy believed Governor Paterson was going to choose another candidate. So who will it be? Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is my pick.