Caroline Kennedy responds during an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New YorkWell, what does Kennedy expect? She is in favor or abortion and gay marriage.
Vatican sources told Il Giornale that their support for abortion disqualified Ms Kennedy and other Roman Catholics President Barack Obama had been seeking to appoint.
Mr Obama was reportedly seeking to reward John F Kennedy’s daughter, who publicly gave her support to his election bid. She had been poised to replace Hillary Clinton as New York senator, but dropped out amid criticism that she lacked enough experience for the job.
The Italian paper said that the Vatican strongly disapproved of Mr Obama’s support for abortion and stem cell research. The impasse over the ambassadorial appointment threatens to cloud his meeting with the Pope during a G8 summit in Itay in July.
Ms Kennedy, 53, has said that she supports abortion. Raymond Flynn, a former US ambassador to the Vatican, said earlier this week that Ms Kennedy would be a poor choice.
“It’s imperative, it’s essential that the person who represents us to the Holy See be a person who has pro-life values. I hope the President doesn’t make that mistake,” he told the Boston Herald. “She said she was pro-choice. I don’t assume she’s going to change that, which is problematic.”
And, Caroline Kennedy reportedly has the run of the mill Obama appointment tax problems too.
Obama may have a real problem on his hands finding soemone from his Far Left constituency to appoint to The Holy See.
New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. hugs Caroline Kennedy
Uncle Teddy is reportedly furious over the treatment of his neice, Caroline Kennedy by New York Governor David PatersonYes, Uncle Teddy is pissed.
An “apoplectic” Kennedy family is seething over the rough treatment that heiress apparent Caroline got from Gov. Paterson’s office and is spoiling for revenge, several sources close to the clan have told The Post.
“The governor’s going to pay for this,” said a well-placed Democrat. “Ted is furious. The family is furious. The Kennedys are now against the governor.”
Among Paterson’s offenses was a request that Caroline lie about her unexpected withdrawal for “personal” reasons, according to NY magazine.
“You can’t withdraw. You’ve got to stay in this thing, and I’ll just not pick you,” Paterson reportedly told her over the phone late Wednesday.
Then a torrent of ugly rumors spilled from Paterson’s office about Caroline’s taxes, about her nanny, even about the state of her marriage – and Camelot’s seeking payback, confidants said.
“I’m sure the family is going to protect her,” one source said. “What did Caroline do to deserve getting dragged through the mud?”
David Paterson is as blind politically as he is with his own sight. He should have given the Kennedys the courtesy of an early indication if he was not going to consider her for the appointment. Why let her go out and make a fool of herself and then kick her when she is going down.
Paterson is without a doubt the BIGGEST LOSER in this entire affair. And, the choice of Kirsten Gillibrand ain’t going help him much in 2010.
2008 Democratic National Convention: Caroline Kennedy with NY Gov. David Paterson at the New York delegates breakfast in downtown Denver.No, not really a shock.
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?”
New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. hugs Caroline KennedyBill O’Reilly pushed up this RUMOR tonight on his show tonight first thing – Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name from consideration to be appointed the Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate seat because of her affair (Caroline is married) with the New York Times publisher (Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. left his wife in 2008).
Gawker noted the connection back in December 2008 but didn’t anyone notice? Or were they afraid of the Kennedy Klan and the New York Times wrath?
Why would Caroline put herself at risk of public exposure by seeking Hillary’s seat? I mean, of all places, media-centric New York City.
Is it the Kennedy arrogance?
When the dust settled this morning, Caroline Kennedy is OUT as a candidate to replace Hillary Clinton in the United States Senate. The New York Post had it first last night and then as Allah puts it a clusterfark of spin occurred.
1. She was worried about Teddy.
2. She was pushed out by Teddy because he wants his wife to inherit his own Senate seat and was worried about Kennedy overload.
3. She didnâ€™t want to disrupt her family by moving to D.C.
4. She decided she never really wanted it.
5. She felt guilty that Paterson was being strong-armed into picking her.
6. She found out Paterson wasnâ€™t going to pick her and wanted to get the drop on him.
7. She â€œbecame aware of a personal situation that was occurring,â€ perhaps as recently as within the last two days.
But, alas, Sweet Caroline is OUT nonetheless and for very mundane reasons – ones very common lately to Democrat nominees (remember Kimba Wood and Zoe Baird) – tax and illegal alien housekeeper issues.
Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate, a person close to Gov. David A. Paterson said on Thursday, in an account at odds with Ms. Kennedyâ€™s own description of her reasons for withdrawing.
The account emerged 14 hours after Ms. Kennedy announced that she was taking her name out of contention for the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and as Mr. Paterson, according to two well-placed Democrats told of his thinking, was leaning toward selecting Representative Kirsten E. Gillibrand, an upstate lawmaker in her second term in Congress.
Hard feelings toward Ms. Kennedy were clearly building among the governorâ€™s staff on Thursday, after a dramatic evening in which she was reported to be dropping out, then wavering, then ultimately, shortly after midnight on Thursday, issuing a statement ending her candidacy.
The person close to the governor said Mr. Paterson â€œnever had any intention of picking Kennedyâ€ because he had come to consider her unready for the job. The person did not describe the exact nature or seriousness of the tax and household employee issues.
Even now Fox News is reporting that perhaps marital problems may have been the reason why she withdrew. But, it makes no difference.
Caroline twice rolled out her candidacy to replace Hillary Clinton and failed miserably. The main issue in the entire FLAP is that she was a poor candidate and would put the seat at risk to a Republican like George Pataki or Rudy Giuliani in 2010.
New York Governor David Paterson may be blind (partially sighted) but he is not politically stupid.
Caroline Kennedy responds during an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New YorkCaroline Kennedy is out.
Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. David Paterson that she is withdrawing her name from consideration to replace outgoing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, The Post has learned.
Kennedy cited “personal reasons,” according to sources.
Her stunning move comes as sources revealed that Paterson had intended to appoint her to the now-vacant seat today.
The 51-year-old Camelot daughter’s decision removes the highest-profile name in the ring to step into Clinton’s seat, as she departs after getting confirmed as President Obama’s Secretary of State today.
The surprise decision leaves a crowded field of about 15 people, mostly elected officials, vying to replace Clinton – including Long Island Rep. Steve Israel, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, upstate Rep. Kirstin Gillibrand and Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
For the first time on Tuesday, shortly after Obama was inaugurated, Paterson acknowledged publicly that he is considering state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the slot.
Now, the field is cleared for New York Governor David Paterson to appoint Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to the seat which in turn clears the field for Paterson to win the Democrat Party nomination to run for Governor in 2010.
Paterson was NOT going to appoint Kennedy and allowed her a face saving withdrawal. Thus, ends the very short political career of Caroline Kennedy.
The United States Senate seat from New York became vacant this afternoon when Hillary Clinton resigned after her confirmation as Secretary of State.
Flap doesn’t know about this story.
Despite claims that he’s still undecided, Gov. Paterson is “certain” to pick Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US Senate, several unhappy contenders for the job have told friends and associates in recent days.
The contenders based their conclusion on the view that Paterson, after nearly two months of indecision, would “greatly embarrass” and “entirely humiliate” Kennedy, anger her prominent political family and even offend President-elect Barack Obama by picking someone other than President John F. Kennedy’s daughter.
The polls show that New York Governor David Paterson would be better off to appoint the more popular, Andrew Cuomo, the New York Attorney General. And, who really cares about support for Paterson in 2010 because he will not win the Democrat nomination and he would lose against Rudy Giuliani? Paterson will be a footnote in history in two years.
This story is probably a plant by the Kennedy Cabal to reinforce Caroline’s inevitability – this is REALLY about all that she has going for herself.
Caroline Kennedy responds during an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New YorkIf Caroline Kennedy was running in a contested Democrat Primary election in New York state for Hillary Clinton’s soon to be vacant U.S. Senate seat, she would be in deep trouble. But, she is not.
The latest polling has has New York voters preferring New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo being appointed to the seat by 15 percentage points.
The tides of support have changed in the contest over who voters think should fill Hillary Clintonâ€™s vacant U.S. Senate seat. 40% of registered voters in New York State say Governor David Paterson should appoint New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to the position while 25% believe Caroline Kennedy should assume the role. Thatâ€™s a marked difference for Cuomo from just one month ago when the Marist Poll showed him and Kennedy in a tie with each receiving 25% of New Yorkersâ€™ support. Kennedyâ€™s backing remains at a standstill.
Cuomoâ€™s allies span party lines. 39% of New York Democrats say Cuomo is the right person to succeed Clinton while 31% report that Kennedy should replace her. GOP members in New York are pulling for Cuomo 40% to Kennedyâ€™s 16%. Non-enrolled voters follow suit. Cuomo receives the support of 42% of New Yorkers who are not enrolled in a political party while 24% favor Kennedy. Geography doesnâ€™t play a big role either. Cuomo is the favorite across the state. However, the margin is tightest in New York City where Cuomo has the backing of 36% of voters compared with Kennedyâ€™s 31%.
Cuomo and Kennedy arenâ€™t the only contenders in the running to succeed Clinton. Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi places a distant third with 6% of New Yorkers saying heâ€™s the right fit for the job. Long Island Congressman Steve Israel and New York City Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney are close at his heels. Each receives 5% of votersâ€™ support. 3% of New Yorkers think Hudson Valley Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand should be picked.
New York Governor David Paterson will soon make his selection of Hillary’s replacement. In light of today’s poll and yesterday’s, Caroline Kennedy may be a risky choice for the Democrat Governor.
Caroline Kennedy Fades In New York Senate Poll – Andrew Cuomo Now Preferred
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, seen here in August 25, 2008, addresses the Democratic National Convention. Voters in New York state are not excited by the idea of Caroline Kennedy entering the Senate, but believe she will be picked anyway, a poll released Wednesday shows
In the latest Quinnipiac Poll, Caroline Kennedy has cooled with New York State voters and now more voters prefer New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
- N.Y Attorney General Andrew Cuomo – 31%
- Caroline Kennedy – 24%
- U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney – 6%
- U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand – 5%
- U.S. Rep. Steve Israel – 2%
- Somebody else – 18%
- Undecided – 14%
From January 8 – 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,664 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.
However, New York voters continue to say that Governor David Patterson WILL appoint Kennedy 38-33%.
Cuomo leads Kennedy 31 – 20 percent among upstate voters and 36 – 22 percent in the suburbs, while Kennedy gets 31 percent of New York City voters to Cuomo’s 29 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Men back Cuomo 32 – 23 percent while women back him 31 – 25 percent.
New York State voters say 48 – 37 percent that Kennedy is not qualified to be a U.S. Senator and 40 – 37 percent that she would not be a good Senator. Democrats say 47 – 35 percent that she is qualified, while Republicans say 65 – 24 percent that she is not qualified. Independent voters say 51 – 34 percent that she is not qualified.
The bloom is definitely off the Caroline Kennedy rose by her disasterous early campaigning in upsate New York. She tried to strong arm the Governor and still MAY succeed to the benefit of the New York GOP.
Want to wager that Sarah Palin hopes Kennedy is chosen?