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New York’s Next Senator

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 3:55 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A New York Post columnist says New York Senate contenders are convinced Gov. Paterson will pick Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Clinton as New York’s Senator:

“US Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan, a would-be Clinton replacement who is backed by several women’s organizations, was the most publicly adamant in saying the fix was in, citing a scenario – first outlined in last week’s Village Voice – under which Paterson, in a deal with Mayor Bloomberg, a Kennedy friend, selects Kennedy in exchange for help for his own election bid next year.

Another potential candidate told The Post that he was convinced that Kennedy would get the job because Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, – who polls show is the public’s favorite to succeed Clinton – failed to line up the right replacement at the AG’s office.

“Andrew just couldn’t assure the governor that he could arrange for [Assembly Speaker Sheldon] Silver to provide an acceptable successor,” said the contender.

A third potential candidate claimed that Paterson’s repeated contention – told to the media in private – that there is no front-runner is “baloney.”

“It’s been a done deal from the start,” said the would-be candidate.

“David goes with Caroline with the understanding that Caroline, and her family and its resources, go with David next year. This stuff with Paterson saying he’s looking at other people is a crock,” the source continued. “

It strikes me that the shenanigans accompanying the replacement of Senators from Illinois, Delaware and New York make a good argument for not electing Senators to national office during their terms.


24 Responses to “New York’s Next Senator”

  1. What are the odds that Paterson will be elected with or without the Kennedys’ and Bloomberg’s resources? And what are the odds that both the Kennedys and Bloomberg will have a seat or two on some boards for him and his wife when he’s off the public payroll?

    nk (9097f8)

  2. First up is whether Her Majesty the Senator endorses Bloomberg in his 2009 re-re-election bid. She is clearly indebted to him, but she already reassured NYC Democrats that she would support whomever is nominated on the Dems’ ticket. Depending on how she finesses that one, it will be great to see Her Majesty the Senator and Paterson both having to run in 2010, hopefully against strong challengers. I for one hope she gets a strong challenge in the primary from a disgruntled passed-over Dem (but not Andrew Cuomo, because God forbid an preening horse’s rear-end like he should end up winning the seat).

    JVW (bff0a4)

  3. I love it when the Dems act like a bunch of schemers at the Court of Byzantium.
    They never get tired of eating their own.

    AD (c9522d)

  4. Patrick,
    I know you’re not serious about denying Senators the right to run And think of this as a growth opportunity for the Republican party.Sooner or later Caroline K-S will be questioned by a serious reporter.(I mean ‘journalist’.)

    corwin (ad8d71)

  5. The way Hillary and Palin were treated.. this crowd really has no shame. It’s Pay to Play, obviously. When even Gloria Steinem says CK should start in the House first, it’s a sure sign that the locals there don’t think it’s right.

    Vermont Neighbor (ab0837)

  6. God Bless the Democratic Nobility. Democratic motto: Divine Right to Rule.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  7. corwin,

    You’re right, I wasn’t suggesting Senators should be banned from running for other offices … but I do think this is a small reason not to vote for them when they do.

    DRJ (345e40)

  8. Palin v.s Kennedy. Palin v.s Kennedy. Palin v.s. Kennedy. Hmmmmmm.

    J. Raymond Wright (e8d0ca)

  9. All voted-on positions should be voted on when the temporary guardians of the position (I cannot, for the life of me, remember the term, often used in Christian conversation) choose to take another position. This will remove all semblance of favoritism and title-purchase antics, but will not remove the new ACORN issues or the ultra-new Obamist organization, paid for by your and my tax dollars.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  10. You know…it doesn’t…you know…seem right…you know.

    Perfect Sense (9d1b08)

  11. Simple solution: Repeal the 17th Amendment –
    let politics run rampant.

    AD (c9522d)

  12. I think this adds another Republican seat in 2010. Ssshhh !

    Mike K (2cf494)

  13. Between this and the $160MM coronation I am going to be able to tell every Libertard to f* themselves every time they even open their mouths.

    Short but sweet conversations.

    Da'Shiznit (df1dcc)

  14. I cannot imagne the Dems holding this seat.

    Chucky is a distant target himself

    EricPWJohnson (60e166)

  15. Paterson should just appoint Rangel. Burris would have some company in the Senate and we’d get rid of Rangel on the House Ways and Means Committee.

    kimsch (2ce939)

  16. In one way, the political nepotism is staggering. But when you really think about it, it’s not. Yes, just consider the Senate debacles in New York, Illinois, and Delaware, and you’re already building a strong case for the mid-term election that the Dems are too corrupt to care about governance.

    Wellsy (f1957b)

  17. Do we call her Senator Princess? Do we have to avert our eyes? If one touches the hem of her garment, is that person made whole?

    Is the process of the US Senate becoming a total farce now complete?

    Barry (f397dc)

  18. Senator Caroline Kennedy.

    This, from the self-proclaimed (as distinguished from actual) party of the working people.

    Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

    Alan (551a6d)

  19. “…a good argument for not electing Senators to national office during their terms.”

    No serving elected official should be allowed to run for a different office. Period. Anyone can run, but if you’re a serving elected official, you must quit you present office first. That would fix a lot of problems.

    Gajim (e39b35)

  20. Personally all three of those seats should targeted by Republicans including the Governor seat in New York.

    Other than Rudy for NY Gov any suggestions?

    Can Condy RIce maybe move to NY and run or Senate?

    Da'Shiznit (df1dcc)

  21. As an aside, the front-loading of primaries offends me. People in office already run for re-election nearly from the time they win election. But front-loading primaries causes the official run for re-election to happen far earlier in the process and prevents actual honest work from happening.

    John Hitchcock (fb941d)

  22. John Hitchcock – Witness … Baracky. He started running for President shortly after being elected to the Senate.

    JD (48009d)

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