Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No Senator Caroline Kennedy--UPDATED

From today's New York Post:


Caroline Kennedy last night withdrew her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn't going to choose her, The Post has learned.


I think this is a good thing. It's not just the question of whether she's paid her dues. She's done some charitable work, and that's been valuable, but from my reading it doesn't appear that she's really done anything political, which is kind of important if you aspire to be a politician.

UPDATE

The media are now reporting not only that Paterson had decided not to appoint Kennedy, but that she had a Kimba-Wood-style (I don't know the details) nanny problem in her background.

Despite the governor's public statement, a source close to Paterson told CNN that Kennedy did have potentially embarrassing issues including problems with her taxes and with her nanny. People who move in New York political circles were buzzing Thursday about the endless finger pointing between people loyal to Paterson and those loyal to Kennedy.

Contacted by CNN to address the allegations of problems with taxes and a nanny, Kennedy's spokesman Stefan Friedman said in a prepared statement: "Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name for consideration from the United States Senate for personal reasons. Any statements to the contrary are false. The governor set up a fair and deliberative selection process. This kind of mudslinging demeans that process and all those involved."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Tom McC said...

I agree with you. Some people were trying to compare her bid to those of other people who hadn't held public office, like Reagan, Hillary, other Kennedy's at the start of their careers...but this is not the same at all. All of those people actually ran for their offices and went through the trials of the campaign trail. If she'd been given the spot, I think it would have been a symbolic defeat for democracy.

January 21, 2009 10:13 PM  
Blogger longwing said...

I think she wanted it if it was going to be easy. Who wouldn't?

January 23, 2009 7:44 AM  

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