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Caroline Kennedy

It’s been reported that Dame Caroline Kennedy has called New York Governor David Paterson and withdrawn from consideration for appointment to fill the Senate seat vacated today by Hillary Clinton. Supposedly, Kennedy doesn’t want the appointment any more, due to the poor health of her uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy. But Ted Kennedy has been very sick since the outset of the Lady of Camelot’s pursuit of the high office. More likely, Dame Caroline learned that the Governor intends to appoint someone else and was given time to gracefully withdraw and avoid further embarrassment.

 

Only two days ago, there were reports that Kennedy had the Senate seat sewed up.

 

In her brief mini-campaign, Dame Caroline failed abysmally to garner public support or to convince anyone other than close friends that she had any particular qualifications for the job, as I noted in a series of posts here, here, here and here.

 

Paterson has a long list of highly qualified Democrats from which to make his choice, including Long Island Rep. Steve Israel, Nassau County Executive Tom Sozzi, upstate Rep. Kirsten, Gillibrand, and Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney.  I’m still betting that it will be Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the reasons I outlined here. We’ll know in a couple of days.

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  • Tilden ’76

    NBC reporting that the story is FALSE and Kennedy has NOT withdrawn and is still under consideration.

    The Albany Times-Union sums the questions up nicely as follows:

    “1. First off, is Caroline Kennedy actually out? The Times story (by stalwart Albany correspondents Nick Confessore and Danny Hakim) is credited to “a person told of her decision.” But both the governor’s office and the Kennedy PR machine appear to be caught flat-footed.

    2. Didn’t she tell the clan first? The Daily News is reporting that Kerry Kennedy, Caroline’s cousin, spoke with the governor and Kennedy’s ostensible spokesman, Josh Isay, who claimed they didn’t know anything about a pullout.

    3. Did she jump or did she jump before she was pushed? The Times story states that “Ms. Kennedy believed that the job was hers if she would accept it” (the phrasing of that sentence changed from the initial posting to put the burden of that belief on Kennedy, as opposed to stating the govenor’s offer as a flat fact) but the New York Post (in a story sourced to “the Post has learned”) says Kennedy took a powder “after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn’t going to choose her.”

    4. How much did her uncle play into this decision? While Ted Kennedy’s illness is tragic, it’s been something the family and the nation has known about in pretty complete detail since long before Kennedy announced her interest in Clinton’s seat. None but the most optimistic souls thought that his decline was reversible.”

  • http://thepurplecenter.blogspot.com/ John Burke

    UPDATE – 1/22/09 – After the initial news reports about Caroline withdrawing, for several hours, contradictory stories emerged to the effect that she had not withdrawn or was back in. Early Thursday AM, however, she issued this statement: “I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate.”

    The New York Times published an account pointing to some possible confusion or miscommunication among various Paterson and Kennedy aides. The New York Post reported, “Two sources said Paterson had conveyed to Kennedy on Tuesday that she wasn’t likely to get picked.”

    I suspect that what happened is that Paterson told her of his decision on Tuesday and set in motion an “I-am-withdrawing” plan to allow her and her supporters to save face. Someone then leaked the story Wednesday evening, messing up the rollout.

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  • http://thepurplecenter.blogspot.com/ John Burke

    UPDATE – 1/22/09 – After the initial news reports about Caroline withdrawing, for several hours, contradictory stories emerged to the effect that she had not withdrawn or was back in. Early Thursday AM, however, she issued this statement: “I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate.” The New York Times published an account pointing to some possible confusion or miscommunication among various Paterson and Kennedy aides. The New York Post reported, “Two sources said Paterson had conveyed to Kennedy on Tuesday that she wasn’t likely to get picked.” I suspect what happened is that Paterson told her of his decision on Tuesday and set in motion an “I-am-withdrawing” plan to allow her and her supporters to save face. Someone then leaked the story Wednesday evening, messing up the rollout.