December 18th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Bloomberg declines to endorse Kennedy

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pictured here in a 2004 file photo with Caroline Kennedy, has refused to back Kennedy in her bid for a New York Senate seat.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pictured here in a 2004 file photo with Caroline Kennedy, has refused to back Kennedy in her bid for a New York Senate seat.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined Thursday to endorse Caroline Kennedy as Hillary Clinton’s successor, but added that he knows “exactly” who should be the next senator to represent his state.

But he wouldn’t give a name.

Bloomberg did praise Kennedy saying that “she’s very competent” and “she’s done a lot for New York City,” but added that he is not in the position to publicly endorse any prospective replacement for Clinton, who is President-elect Barack Obama’s designate for Secretary of State.

“I should stay out of the race, personally,” Bloomberg said during an appearance on ABC’s ‘The View.’

“It’s not my call. If it were my call to pick somebody, I know exactly …,” added Bloomberg, who was immediately asked “Would you pick her?”

“I can’t tell you, because then I’d be getting involved,” Bloomberg responded.

Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg’s deputy mayor, is supporting Kennedy’s bid to be appointed to the seat by New York Gov. David Paterson.

Bloomberg also noted that Paterson is “lucky to have a number of different candidates” to consider for the seat.

–CNN Producer Shirley Zilberstein contributed to this report.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. 4Real

    That's it; boo at Bloomberg for doing exactly as he should have done. He's mayor of NYC, not governor of NY state. He has nothing to say about this process and he's quite correct in staying out of it and not muddying the waters for Patterson. You'll note that he's not "endorsing" anyone. That's because he knows that this decision is The governor's and the governor's alone to make. This isn't a political campaign and endorsements are meaningless and inappropriate.

    December 18, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Brenda C

    She shouldn't be chosen just because her last name is Kennedy. I'm sure she will get picked for this reason alone.

    December 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Moe, NY

    I do endorse Caroline Kennedy for NYS Senator, however, I never endorsed Bloomberg and never will endorse Bloomberg.

    December 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Rodney Lester in Texas

    He's a Republican, she's a Democrat. Of course he's not going to endorse her.

    December 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. E.C.Coleman

    KUDOS THE MAYOR!
    Mayor Bloomberg did exactly the 'right thing.' He's one of the most ethical men around and has the 'grace' to stay out of this political appointment.
    GOOD FOR BLOOMBERG!

    December 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. C

    To those who are critical of Caroline's experience and the fact that she's a Kennedy... Keep in mind Hillary Clinton had never held an elected office before and had a famous last name when New Yorkers elected her to the Senate in 2000.

    Also, Caroline's biggest comeptition, Andrew Cuomo, also has a famous name in NYS politics (his father was Governor Cuomo). So if your argument against Caroline is based on her family history... It's not very sound.

    Either way, New Yorkers will have a great Senator.

    December 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Mariah Fox-Perez

    GREAT!! I really respect NT Mayor Bloomberg for refusing to endorse Caroline Kennedy , she has no expereince, have done nothing to prove she will be a good Senator, better yet, the only thing she has is money and name recognition.
    I guess it is power greed from her part. Of couse, she campaigned for Obama now it is pay back time. Shame on you Caroline, go away and let a great Latina politician lady in New York to get Hillary Cinton's seat. That is fair. GO AWAY CAROLINE, NO MORE KENNEDYS..

    December 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Bloomberg is perhaps the most down-to-earth and pragmatic politician in America today. Caroline Kennedy is a joke. Her father was a below-average president, her grandfather was a crook, and her uncle got away with negligent homicide. Not to mention that she has no political or executive experience whatsoever. Say what you will about Republicans- many of them deserve the beating they're currently taking- but they've almost never engaged in dynasty politics.

    December 18, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. alvino

    Bloomberg changes the rules so he can get a third term, but cannot support a person far more intelligent than Chambliss, McConnell, Shelby, Vitters, and Corker. I wonder if Paterson will give into the Bloomin' Onion.

    December 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. PL

    Typical RICH republican who lacks vison and guts...

    December 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Matt

    Did someone just call Bloomberg ethical? What a laugh. At least when Chavez sought to get rid of term limits he backed off when the voters said no to his referendum. Bloomberg went around the voters and manipulated the City Council. So ethical I could vomit.

    December 18, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Matt

    That being said...please, no more name game politics. Appoint a nobody if for no other reason than to avoid the appearance of this namesake nonsense. IT's disgusting.

    December 18, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. NEW, NEW YORKER.

    BLOOM BERG IS A VERY INTELLIGENT MAN.

    LETS HOPE GOV.PETERSON CAN STAND

    THE HEAT & APPOINT A BETTER QUALIFIED

    & MORE DESERVING PERSON THAN MS.KENNEDY.

    December 18, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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