Caroline Kennedy to Replace Hillary?

Friday, December 5, 2008

The speculation about Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat is heating up.

A Democrat in the know tells ABC News that New York governor David Paterson has talked to Caroline Kennedy about taking the seat, which was once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy.

It’s not exactly shocking that Paterson would reach out to one of the most highly respected public figures in New York, but this is: sources say Kennedy is considering it, and has not ruled out coming to Washington to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.

Stay tuned.

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9 Responses to Caroline Kennedy to Replace Hillary?

  1. Fran says:

    Wow! I think people who crossover their careers to do a stint in politics, do really well. She is a teacher by profession, and would be a strong education advocate. Uncle Ted would be proud!
    Oregon’s best Governor, John Kitzhaber, was an emergency room physician. He established our State Health care program for low income residents.
    By not being entrenched politicians, they tend to do more cutting edge stuff.
    I loved the way Caroline K. handled the press, when they tried to get her to disclose the VP selection process.

  2. MacDaddy says:

    Caroline Kennedy would be a great appointment. Smart and very knowledgeable on educational issues. She did a lot of vetting of candidates for different posts in the Obama administration.

  3. Estacada says:

    Wow! I never thought Caroline Kennedy would even consider such an appointment!

    I think Caroline would be great: she’s smart, a liberal and very much respected by this nation and the world.

    An improvement over Hillary!

  4. Rachel says:

    Caroline Kennedy’s kids are nearly grown now and I think she has something to contribute. After all, public service is a value embraced by the Kennedy family. I think she would make a terrific senator.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    I like Caroline Kennedy. She’s a very attractive person and I can’t help but see her famous mother and father anytime she’s in front of a camera. I hope she doesn’t enter into politics. She can contribute more outside of Washington. Plus, I always worry about safety.

  6. libhomo says:

    This is so depressing. There already so much nepotism in NY politics. Can’t Patterson pick someone who has earned it, rather than someone like Cuomo or Kennedy getting it based on a family name?

  7. Aunt Peg says:

    I heard this on the local news and I just don’t think she’ll take it.

    For one thing, Caroline Kennedy leads a pretty good life of privilege and prestige. I don’t blame her for it — she was just lucky.

    But I also have to ask, how is she qualified to become a senator of one of the largest states in the country? I still think the better choice is Andrew Cuomo.

  8. ChiTOM says:

    The Kennedy name is enormously popular with the Democratic base. Particularly, with people over the age of 40 and in the northeast and west.

    I’ve seen criticism in certain quarters suggesting Caroline Kennedy has never run for office before so this automatically disqualifies her. Hillary Clinton had never run for office either and had it not been for the relationship she and Bill had with the late Patrick Monyhan, it is higly unlikely she would have run for the senate.

    My point is, everyone gets to where they’re going via different routes. Rep. Mary Bono of California got to the Congress because her husband, the late Sonny Bono died. Was she qualified? Probably a lot less than is Caroline Kennedy.

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    ChiTom! Where have you been? Good to see you posting again. Excellent points all. I’ve seen the same sort of criticism of Caroline Kennedy taking over Hillary Clinton’s senate seat and I don’t get it either. Most of the critics are liberals. Go figure?

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