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.
Caroline Kennedy should NOT get to become a senator just because her father and uncle were in politics. She has not had government experience, has basically stayed out of the "lime light" and there are many other people who would probably do a better job.
Three kennedy's is enough!!!
Dang. Palin didn't have enough experience. Kennedy does, because, well...of course, well, this is different now.
Read Caroline Kennedy's bio! She's more than qualified!!!
Caroline is a beautiful human ...
Who's heart is in the right place
She, like Obama cares about The People
May I never awake from this beautiful dream of real Democracy
Bobby Kennedy and Hilary Clinton were/are stars. But from New York? Only because New York law allows last minute residency as a qualification for senate. If that's the law, so be it. But, please Senator Reid, don't insult everyone's intelligence. She's lived in government and politics her whole life. Fine. Michael Reagan for senate. How about Ron Reagan. Eleanor Mondale (I'm sure President Clinton would approve). I've got it. Chastity Bono.
No history (known) of her achievements. Just her last name. Not enough, in my opinion. Blago comes to mind ...
Wow, she just got the moron endorsement.
Madam Kennedy is a true humanitarian. She truely cares for people just like her other family members. We could use more people like her running America looking out for the "little" folks...
It would seem that these days having been around and involved in politics is a bad thing. What has all our 'experience' in Congress got us so far? Lowest approval ratings ever! Guess that does take some real skill.
"No qualification required"?
The woman is a freaking LAWYER!
Caroline hails from a FAMILY OF LEADERS!
That are some of the very good reasons that the visionary and highly intelligent Obama picked Caroline Kennedy to help with the selection and vetting of a VP, of which Americans ARE QUITE SATISFIED!
Caroline Kennedy is OVERQUALIFIED for the US Senate!
I can think of tens of US Senators of which Caroline Kennedy is more capable, and would be more useful FOR AMERICA!
Talk about using a Family Name to get what you want...
Reid wants to ensure that no one in the Senate is as qualified as he is. Obvioulsy, this means that we must set a VERY low bar!
Senator Kennedy would be a fine representative for the State of New York. I honestly don't understand all the nay-sayers out there. Hillary supports should back the appointment due to the fact that Caroline is a strong woman who gets things done.
Carol-K for the Senate :)
Yes, Caroline will make a great senator. She is smart, thoughtful and been around politics her entire life. A great addition!
Isn't it the blue bloods that have gotten America into this mess? These elitist mega rich have no clue to what it is really like for the average American citizen. In my world people are loosing their jobs, homes, and the ability to feed themselves and/or their children.
Wasn’t the bailout supposed to protect Main Street? Our local Salvation Army, Rescue Mission, and Food banks have no food to feed to starving here in upstate NY, and Ms. Kennedy will be our savior? What will she do? “Let them eat cake”?
The leadership of this country better start talking to us little people some more, look past the metrics, and start looking into the eyes of the American citizen, and tell them straight up that they have neglected their sworn duty to uphold the U.S Constitution and the Citizens of the great land.
Good for Newyork,you can go ahead and pick a celebrity with no credentials other than opposing senator clinton.So go ahead and reward her with senator clintons seat.That makes so much sense.We are going to be governed and represented by rookies.This country is in for a rude awakening.Goodluck NY.
WHO IS JOHN GALT?
And you Libs who gripe about another Bush (Jeb) running for office are probably just fine with this. The Kennedys are a clan of murderers, rapists, and thugs. Reid is a pathetic little pawn. I hope the American people wake up by 2010 and silence the old man.
I've got a novel idea regarding how to fill Obama's and Hillary's now vacant seats – HOLD AN ELECTION!
The name Kennedy seems to be all that one needs to become a Senator. Guess folks are afraid if they buck that name their time in politcs is gone. Gotta be nice to the Kennedy's.
just like in holywood nepotism so growing....thats why to many corrupt be cover when you bring all ur cronies
Let's not play the Palin game of nominating someone without proper credentials.
What a surprise the incompetant Senator Harry Reed is endorsing a fellow incompetant to join him in the US Country Club for Spoiled Brats and Idiots.
Do we have any standards for being elected or in this case appointed to office? Shouldn't experience be one of them? Or is a last name and memories of her father and feeling bad for her uncles and her brother is enough?
This is not a government of the people and by the people if Caroline gets appointed. Having your name on a charity because of your last name does not make you qualified.
Mario Cuomo jr. and any other elected and currently serving member of New York State government is infinitely more qualified and deserving than Caroline Kennedy is.
What an idiotic, stupid, repulsive move on behalf of the Senate Majority Leader. The Kennedy's are corrupt and Caroline is fluffy, artsy-fartsy.
My God-Clinton must be happy (kidding)
Just proves to show in America, if you have a name and connection s you can become anybody and anything you want, even a Senator with absolutely no qualifications.
First job for Caroline will be to look on Wikepedia under, "What is a senator."