WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is backing Caroline Kennedy to replace Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton as the next senator from New York.
Watch: Reid on Kennedy
The majority leader told Nevada Political analyst Jon Ralston Tuesday that he personally called New York Gov. David Paterson urging him to appoint Kennedy to the seat.
“She's 52 years old,” Reid said in an interview on Ralston’s Nevada-based television show ‘Face-to-Face.’ “I've spoken to her. She was part of a vetting process for vice presidential choices for Obama. She's lived in government and politics her whole life. I think it would be a tremendous thing....We have a lot of stars from New York. Bobby Kennedy. Hillary Clinton. I think Caroline Kennedy would be perfect. “
When asked by Ralston if he planned on calling the governor, Reid answered, “I already have.”
A Reid spokesman confirms to CNN that the majority leader called Paterson last week expressing his support for Kennedy.
But even as Reid is supporting Kennedy for Senate, some Clinton supporters aren't so enthusiastic - including Rep. Anthony Weiner and Robert Zimmerman - a CNN contributor, DNC member and Clinton supporter.
But a person familiar with the replacement process says supporters who made anti-Kennedy comments were immediately rebuked by the Clinton team.
Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who supported Clinton, chided critics who questioned Kennedy's qualifications.
"I say it's boloney. I say she's as qualified as those in the Senate. I think there are a lot of qualified people in the Senate, some are not qualified. She's as qualified as the best," he said.
Why should it matter who Harry Reid wants to replace Clinton? He has no knowledge what or who the people of New York want and need. He's just trying to get some points with Teddy.
Harry Reid, you been sticking your head under a rock so long your brain dead! OBAMA said CHANGE your saying business as usuall
why dont you retire and give us all a CHANGE.
Oh boy....People are going to be ticked that think they have waited long enough for the job. Just sit back and watch it all unfold.....Politics is fun
She's 52, Reid talked with her, and she helped select Biden (who is the complete opposite of any message for "Change"). And don't forget that she had the same qualifications that Clinton had – she's actually lived in the White House.
Now THAT makes her the "perfect" fit!!!
With Salazar leaving, it looks like Kennedys 2; Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans 0.
YES, I LOVE IT!
Its nice to know that a senator from Nevada wants to tell those of us from NY who should be our senator. How about letting us pick the speaker of the house then, thats an even trade.
Harry Reid, probably one of the worst Senate Majority Leaders in American history, offering his opinion on who would be a good Senator? The fact that this incompetent leader thinks Mrs. Kennedy would be a good Senator should give anyone pause.
Nothing like starting at the top. At least Andrew Cuomo has a background . People thought Sarah Palin was too inexperienced, Carolyn Kennedy isn't even on the radaar screen.
I believe she has no interest in the position at all. It all seems like an ego boost for herself because her last name is Kennedy. Put someone in who actually cares.
I'd do her.
I hear that the NY Governor is under extreme pressure to appoint a female senator to replace Mrs Clinton. I hear many people say that it was time for a black president to be elected. What ever happened to our system of no sexism and no racism. We are going backwards again in our thinking. If Caroline Kennedy's name was Angelina Jolie or Oprah Winfrey or any other non experienced celebrity, they would not even be considered – end of story. Caroline is not right. If Obama had been white, he would still be a senator facing a hard reelection. We do not need affirmative action in Washington DC. And we do not need to appoint Caroline simple because of her name and Camelot story.
Harry just give the gov. of NY some money and he'll buy her that seat. She'll fit right in, A name sake but record just like that obama guy.
Well said, Reid! Just simply well said! :)
I support her too!!
I always thought America had over 300 million people who valued their freedom from the political nepotism that afflicts so much of the world – so why do we feel the need to turn to the same tired faces/families every time a big political slot falls open? Aren't two lots of Clintons and Bushes enough? Now we want more Kennedy's? Come on people, we get the leadership we deserve and we deserve better than this!
How stupid, because of her name, no other reason or just to piss Hillary off?
It will be the greatest New Year present that has ever been given to anyone – including myself. She is a great daughter of a great Father and the best niece of a great Uncle.
Please, give her every support; she deserve it.
Why is not a special election called whenever a Senator resigns.
Seems to me that the people should decide not some official.
YES........to Caroline Kennedy.
And she would vote lockstep with the rest of the dumbocrats...
The Kennedy's have some great qualities. But what makes Caroline ready for the senate (other than Reid being star struck by her name). If yer gonna put some body 'famous' in there. I say pick Fran Drescher. She has proven herself to be a much more motivated individual than what I can see of Caroline, and we need more women AND men of iron up there these days. I wish we had someone smarter, stronger and more charismatic than Reid. He doesn't inspire me for squat.
As I recall the Obama fans were really down on continuing Washington DC dynasties so they certainly wouldn't want a Kennedy, right? I mean we need to change politics as usual.
Or is this change a part of the changing definition of change, or has that changed?
All you commoners hail and bow down ; another Kennedy is coming to town! Don't you just love this senseless country !
Well, if the genius Harry Reid wants her, 'nuf said. Who cares about her qualifications?
He can't lead the Senate out of a wet paper bag with a machete, and he's naming senators?
NO NO NO NO NO!!!! When are the Dems in office going to stop acting in a self-destructive manner? Reid is a total moron on this count. We shouldn't be seen as supporting the same old-boys-network nepotism-based political machine that has ruined this country!!!! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, SAY NO TO NAME-BASED POLITICS.