Thursday, January 22, 2009
The mercurial announcement by Caroline Kennedy that she was withdrawing from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate citing “personal reasons” was more than a little curious.
These two words — “personal reasons,” were interrupted by many to mean Kennedy was worried about her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s health. Sen. Ted Kennedy is battling inoperable brain cancer.
Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate, a person close to Gov. David Paterson said on Thursday, in an account at odds with Ms. Kennedy’s own description of her reasons for withdrawing.
The account emerged 14 hours after Ms. Kennedy announced that she was taking her name out of contention for the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.
Hard feelings toward Ms. Kennedy were clearly building among the governor’s staff on Thursday, after a dramatic evening in which she was reported to be dropping out, then wavering, then ultimately, shortly after midnight on Thursday, issuing a statement ending her candidacy.
The person close to the governor said Mr. Paterson “never had any intention of picking Kennedy” because he had come to consider her unready for the job.
Enough already. Gov. Paterson needs to close the chapter on the Caroline Kennedy saga and make an appointment. Preferably, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.