2008 Democratic National Convention: Caroline Kennedy with NY Gov. David Paterson at the New York delegates breakfast in downtown Denver.
Gov. Paterson was completely underwhelmed with Caroline Kennedy from their first conversation about Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, a source close to the governor said.
Paterson’s thinking has become clearer in the two days since Kennedy withdrew her name for the Senate seat that Friday went to upstate Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Hudson).
Friends said Paterson was adamant that she was never going to be appointed, even though she was considered the front-runner.
Paterson was turned off when Kennedy first called him and asked if she “could” be considered for the seat.
By asking if she could, rather than saying she wanted to be considered, Paterson immediately felt she wasn’t really interested, the source said.
In meetings, the governor and his aides decided she had no political depth, the source said.
She had no firmly held views and little idea about why she wanted the job, the source said.
Her abysmal public rollout cemented the governor’s fears that she had no political instincts.
The governor felt the sheltered Kennedy had no communication skills and absolutely no empathy with the voters, the source said.
He was amazed that she went upstate for a day to meet with political leaders but didn’t walk around to chat up regular people.
“She just lived in a bubble,” the source said.
The only shocking revelation is why Paterson allowed this to go public. Paterson is up for re-election in 2010 and if not have Kennedy’s support, why make her and her Kennedy Kabal an ABSOLUTE enemy. So, Paterson is not involved here.
It is very apparent, this anonymous source has some mal-intent toward the Governor’s re-election. Anyone want to speculate from whom this “LEAK” came?
Remember – “DIVIDE AND CONQUER?”
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