Caroline Kennedy

Who Will Replace Hillary Clinton in the United States Senate?

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Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder

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

With Hillary going to the State Department who replaces her in the Senate?

New York Gov. David Paterson will make the call — the first time a New York governor has had to make the call since Rockefeller picked Charles Goodell after Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Paterson was out with a statement today (in full after the jump) after Clinton was named Secretary of State, saying, in part, that he was “proud” of Clinton and that New York was losing a “powerful voice.”

On replacing her, Paterson said he is “consulting with a wide variety of individuals from all across New York State. I expect to announce Senator Clinton’s replacement when the position becomes officially vacant.”

Several names have been floated, including state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of former popular Gov. Mario Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, U.S. Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand, Brian Higgins, Nydia Velazquez, Jerrold Nadler, Nita Lowey (who reportedly wants to stay in the House), Steve Israel, Gregory Meeks and Louise Slaughter, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (the city’s first black mayor) and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. Even NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s and Caroline Kennedy’s names have been thrown out there.

Flap says Caroline Kennedy fits the bill. Wasn’t it, after all, her Uncle’s former seat?


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