It’s been reported that Dame Caroline Kennedy has called New York Governor David Paterson and withdrawn from consideration for appointment to fill the Senate seat vacated today by Hillary Clinton. Supposedly, Kennedy doesn’t want the appointment any more, due to the poor health of her uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy. But Ted Kennedy has been very sick since the outset of the Lady of Camelot’s pursuit of the high office. More likely, Dame Caroline learned that the Governor intends to appoint someone else and was given time to gracefully withdraw and avoid further embarrassment.
Only two days ago, there were reports that Kennedy had the Senate seat sewed up.
In her brief mini-campaign, Dame Caroline failed abysmally to garner public support or to convince anyone other than close friends that she had any particular qualifications for the job, as I noted in a series of postsÂ here, here, here and here.
Paterson has a long list of highly qualified Democrats from which to make his choice, including Long Island Rep. Steve Israel, Nassau County Executive Tom Sozzi, upstate Rep. Kirsten, Gillibrand, and Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Â I’m still betting that it will be Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the reasons I outlined here. We’ll know in a couple of days.
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