Caroline Kennedy Withdraws Her Name from Consideration to Replace Hillary Clinton in the United States Senate

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Caroline Kennedy responds during an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New York


Caroline 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.

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Is it Caroline Kennedy to Replace Hillary in the Senate? Well Maybe

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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.

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Caroline Kennedy Fades In Yet Another New York Poll – Andrew Cuomo Up By 15 Points

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Caroline Kennedy responds during an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New York

If 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.

Even so……

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 Clinton’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. That’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 Yorkers’ support. Kennedy’s backing remains at a standstill.

Cuomo’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 Kennedy’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 doesn’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 Kennedy’s 31%.

Cuomo and Kennedy aren’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 he’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 voters’ 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.

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Caroline Kennedy Fades In New York Senate Poll – Andrew Cuomo Now Preferred

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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.

The poll:

  • 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?

Stay tuned….

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Rudy Giuliani Will NOT Rule Out Run for New York Governor

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani interviewed today on Good Day NY

Rudy says it is too early to think about running against David Paterson in 2010 for New York Governor and New York Representative Peter King says Rudy will make a good running mate when he runs for the U.S. Senate.

So, what is it going to be?

Flap says Rudy will run against Paterson. But, will Paterson be the Democrat nominee if he appoints Caroline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton’s soon to be vacant U.S. Senate seat?

It is early. But Rudy always the media hound is preparing for the future.

Watch the video here.


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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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