NY-Sen: Caroline Kennedy To Pursue Clinton's Senate Seat
by Todd Beeton, Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 09:24:11 AM EST
Up until now, Caroline Kennedy's interest in Hillary Clinton's Senate seat has only been hearsay. Not anymore, according to The New York Times:
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of an American political dynasty, has decided she will pursue the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a person told of her decision said Monday.
The decision came after a series of deeply personal and political conversations, in which Ms. Kennedy, who friends describe as unflashy but determined, wrestled with whether to give up what has been a lifetime of avoiding the spotlight.
Ms. Kennedy will ask that Gov. David A. Paterson consider her for the appointment. The governor was traveling to Utica today could not immediately be reached for comment.
If appointed, Ms. Kennedy would fill the seat once held by her uncle, the late Robert F. Kennedy.
Ms. Kennedy has been making calls this morning to alert political figures to her interest.
As I wrote ten days ago, from Gov. David Patterson's perspective there are some distinct advantages to appointing Ms. Kennedy to the seat: she's a woman, she's a candidate with 100% name recognition, she's tight with the President-elect and, really, if you're a Republican, how do you run against Caroline Kennedy? On the other hand, she's a pretty bad campaigner from what I saw of her on the trail for Barack and I'm not a big fan of the precedent this would set -- have a famous name, the Senate seat is yours! But I suspect if she is appointed, she will work extremely hard to prove she is deserving of it in her own right.