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Caroline Is Out?

The New York Post and the New York Times are reporting that Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her name from consideration to be appointed to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate.

The Post story cites "personal reasons" for Kennedy's decision and notes the collapse of her uncle -- Sen. Ted Kennedy (Mass.) -- yesterday at a bipartisan inauguration lunch may have influenced her decision.

The Fix has not as of yet been able to independently confirm Kennedy's decision. Her spokespeople are not commenting and Gov. David Paterson's office did not return an immediate email seeking comment.

If Kennedy is out of the running, the field is totally wide open with any number of potential contenders including state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Reps. Kirstin Gillibrand and Steve Israel, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi all prominently mentioned.

Cuomo, the son of the former Empire State governor, would have to be considered the favorite in a Kennedy-less field. Interestingly, Cuomo is set to be in Washington next Monday for a fundraiser feting him. The event is being held at the City Club of Washington.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 21, 2009; 7:30 PM ET
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i don't think ms. kennedy was the most qualified to either be a senator or run for reelection in 2010. but she wasn't evil for suggesting that she was interested and exploring the possibility and she really doesn't deserve the harsh sniping i'm reading here.

she is not a "no experience lightweight" anymore than many of the US Senators were before they got elected. and this isn't the end for her political aspirations. while she's probably not ready to run for US Senate, NY Gov, or NYC Mayor, running for a democratic or marginal congressional seat in NY might be just the thing.

Posted by: stpaulsage | January 22, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Opa2 writes
"My guess is that the Governor said "Thanks but no thanks." and gave her the opportunity to withdraw. Sounds like good politics by both people."

That's the most logical explanation.

Moving on from CKS is good politics for Paterson, the Dems overall & the President. Let Paterson appoint someone who might be seen as a competent representative of NY state, rather than a legacy patsy for the good old boy network.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 22, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Adios. She couldn't take the heat of being totally unqualified. She should establish residency in Massachusetts and take over for Uncle Teddy when he goes.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | January 22, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It's about time. Adios.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | January 22, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm saddened that she's opted out. I believe she would have made a fine senator for New York.

Perhaps Paterson should take a look at Christine Quinn. She's the speaker of the NYC council and is openly lesbian.

That would be a first for the US Senate.

Posted by: Bondosan | January 22, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Video of Obama being Sworn in, Cheif Justice Roberts is very nervous, seems like he is trying to confuse Obama.

Posted by: pastor123 | January 22, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

She's made the right choice (assuming it was her decision and not Paterson telling her he was choosing someone else.) Her poll numbers weren't good and she certainly wasn't the best candidate....

Posted by: RickJ | January 22, 2009 4:08 AM | Report abuse




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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 22, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Her backing out is not "good politics by both people." It's effectively the end of the road for politics for Caroline Kennedy, even assuming she has any further interest.

The biggest dig on her was that she was a no-experience lightweight with a sense of entitlement who expected to have one of the most plum political offices on earth handed to her on a platter. Now she comes across as a no-experience lightweight with a sense of entitlement who's too precious to make up her own mind. It takes a real fire in the belly -- if only of ambition -- to succeed in politics and Caroline hasn't got it. Having a rep like that is bad anywhere but in NY state politics, it's death. I'd call her the Fred Thompson of senate races except that Fred Thompson actually won two senate campaigns.

Posted by: anon99 | January 22, 2009 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Why hasn't this been confirmed? I have the funniest feeling that if this isn't true, the Clinton camp came out with this rumor to discredit Carolyn Kennedy. We all know that Hillary doesn't want Carolyn or any Kennedy taking her seat in the Senate. Those Clinton's are something else...

Posted by: need4trth | January 22, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that the Governor said "Thanks but no thanks." and gave her the opportunity to withdraw. Sounds like good politics by both people.

Posted by: Opa2 | January 21, 2009 8:32 PM


Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 21, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance Caroline- glad that the most unqualified candidate to represent me is if all the names that withdrew were put back in the hat- I would like to see rep. Nadia Valasquez

Cuomo is a good guy but my predicition is that Paterson, who has substantial political instincts- picks someone who will have benefits for him politically, such as with Latin voters or upstate voters

Posted by: nycLeon | January 21, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

She is not the only one out, See a very funny Video of Cheney leaving the WhiteHouse.

Posted by: pastor123 | January 21, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I think DrainYou is spot on, and I wish Caroline had just said that. Perhaps she could hire DrainYou as her press officer.

As for Chris doing a 180, per twigmuffin, if Peter King report that Bret Favre told him he's going to retire, and Bret turns around 3 months later and unretires, does that make Peter King's initial report bad?

Posted by: officermancuso | January 21, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I thought you said Caroline would DEFINITELY get the nomination based on your source at the NY Post. Now you are saying that the NY Post is reporting it completely the other way?

That's a pretty sharp 180 Chris.

Posted by: twigmuffin | January 21, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

My money's on Cuomo.

I think it's a tad cheap for Caroline to claim she's bailing based on Senator Kennedy's health - unless she's delusional, she knew his prognosis as well as he and the rest of us did long before there was any talk of Senator Clinton becoming Secretary of State.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 21, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that the Governor said "Thanks but no thanks." and gave her the opportunity to withdraw. Sounds like good politics by both people.

Posted by: Opa2 | January 21, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing that Caroline realized she didn't have the fight and stomach for politics. Also, she was going to have to be more transparent and my sense - like her mother - she just didn't want to do it.

It's understanable, her last name is "Kennedy" so that would have automatically made her the subject of GOP hitjobs for nothing more than that. Look at how the rightwing lunatic fringe is already foaming at the mouth over Senator Al Franken.

It has never been about what is good for the country with the Rethugs, to them everything is a political game and that's why they are currently occupying 4th party gadfly status.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 21, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow! It will be interesting to find out (as we will) the back-story.

Is it because she realized that the next two years are Ted Kennedy's last and she doesn't want to spend it raising money and campaigning?

Is it because the Governor told her that it was going the other way and she is now saving face?

Is it because the Governor told her he was going her way and she had changed her mind and didn't want it?

Did the Governor offer it, but only under conditions she was not interested in meeting?

Did the Inaugural weekend bring an epiphany about what the sacrifices would be?

Like all the conversation so far, we can expect columnists, bloggers, pundits, and pollsters to assume the answer that fits best with their pre-existing view of her merit.

Wise heads will reserve judgment until the definitive answer is ferreted out.

Posted by: CormacNYC | January 21, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Did you forget to mention Fran Drescher, The Nanny, or is she no longer in the running? If Arnold can be in California and Jesse and others here or there over time, why not her?

Posted by: glistens1 | January 21, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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