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New York Governor David Paterson Pulling Away From Caroline Kennedy as Hillary Clinton’s Replacement Senator?

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New York Gov. David A. Paterson and First Lady Michelle Paterson toast each other prior to receiving visitors during the annual open house at the Executive Mansion in Albany, N.Y, January 1, 2009.

The language from Paterson does not heart Caroline Kennedy but a number of other candidates are receiving serious consideration.

Now that the date has been set for Hillary Clinton’s secretary of state confirmation hearing (next Tuesday), the pressure is on for Gov. David Paterson to finally make a decision on who he will tap to replace her in the US Senate.

But since he’s not even done vetting candidates yet, it’s unlikely his choice will come anytime soon.

Speaking today on WOR-AM’s “The Joan Hamburg Show,” Paterson addressed the argument being made in favor of Caroline Kennedy by people like Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey, who say her relationship to President-elect Obama is the ultimate trump card.

“Caroline Kennedy obviously does have a tremendous relationship with the president and that’s certainly a plus,” Paterson said. “She does not have much political, I mean legislative, experience which is a minus…She has pluses and minuses.”

Flap bets Paterson backs away from Caroline Kennedy and appoints New York Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo which then clears the field for a Paterson re-election effort for Governor in 2010.

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Caroline Kennedy Sinks in the Polls But Does it Matter?

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The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, stands beside Caroline Kennedy as they field questions during a news conference outside the famed soul food restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem, New York, Thursday Dec. 18, 2008. The late President John F. Kennedy’s daughter acknowledged Wednesday that she is seeking to be appointed to the Senate seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be secretary of state

Caroline’s popularity with New York voters has been in a nosedive in the polls but it may all be moot for a number of reasons.

Caroline Kennedy‘s popularity has suffered a “clear hit” as a result of her public campaign for Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s Senate seat, while Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s positive ratings have shot up, according to a new poll.

According to Public Policy Polling, of Raleigh, N.C., 44 percent of New York State voters now say they have a less favorable opinion of Kennedy than they did before she started vying for the position. Thirty-three percent say it’s made no difference, and 23 percent report now having a more favorable opinion of her.

Cuomo now leads Kennedy 58-27 in a survey of the preferences of state voters. Among Democrats, Cuomo is ahead of Kennedy 54-34 percent; a month ago, the survey found Kennedy ahead of Cuomo by 44-23 percent among Democrats.

  • Will Caroline Kennedy, despite her wealth for a self-funded campaign, be of sufficent stature to defeat former New York Governor George Pataki or Rudy Giuliani, both Republicans?
  • Will New York Governor David Paterson defuse a possible Democrat Primary election for himself by appointing New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to the Senate?
  • And, it ALL may be MOOT should Hillary Clinton run into confrirmation problems on the Hill.

Stay tuned……


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Senator Caroline Kennedy – So Say Sources Close to New York Governor David Paterson

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Flap is NOT shocked because the Kennedy Cabal have twisted arms.

New York Gov. David Paterson says the search is ongoing, but two people close to him tell The Associated Press they believe Caroline Kennedy will be appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate.

Kennedy’s less than stellar public performance appeared to be on his mind because he cautioned that just because he selects someone it doesn’t mean they will win the election outright.

“The public does not regard my selection as an incumbent. The public regards this as a place holder for two years and then will make their own choice,” Paterson said. “And that takes the pressure off me.”

Paterson and the New York Democrat Party would be much better served by appointing a more seasoned pol or even Bill Clinton as a caretaker Senator but the Kennedy’s have probably promised Paterson an Obama apppointment to a federal position since Paterson is unlikely to win re-election in 2010. The voters of New York will be short-changed with a light-weight as their U.S. Senator but who cares what they think, right?

The Democrats will have quite the trio entering the Senate: Caroline Kennedy who knows how to say, “You Know”; Roland Burris who tried to execute an innocent man; and Al Franken (should his slim lead hold in Minnesota) a lefty comic.

And, the GOP should care about having only 41 votes in the Senate, why?


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Caroline Kennedy Continues to Be Mentioned to Replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate

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Eric Holder walks with Caroline Kennedy on Capitol Hill in Washington. Holder is President-elect Barack Obama’s Attorney General Designee, June 25, 2008

Yes, Caroline Kennedy has been mentioned as Hillary Clinton’s replacement as a New York U.S. Senator as Hillary becomes Secretary of State. But, the story is re-emerging.

Is this a trial baloon of a David Paterson decision?

Could Caroline Kennedy, considered to be among the most private members of the Kennedy clan, be tapped to fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat?

Kennedy — who endorsed Barack Obama in February before the Super Tuesday round of primaries — is said to be considering the possibility, according to an ABC News report.

New York Gov. David Patterson, the man tasked with picking Hillary Clinton’s successor, is remaining mum on the process, but a spokesman for Barack Obama issued a statement in the wake of rumors the president-elect is quietly lobbying Patterson to choose Kennedy.

“President-elect Obama has a very high regard for Caroline Kennedy,” said Obama spokesman Stephanie Cutter. “But he has not spoken with Governor Paterson or Caroline Kennedy about the race, and has no involvement in this process.”

With Robert F. Kennedy,Jr. having taken himself out of the running earlier this week, it is likely that Caroline could get the nod for her uncle’s seat.

Or will Paterson appoint New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to remove him from challenging Paterson for Governor in a Democrat Primary in 2010?

Stay tuned……


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