December 18th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
6 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. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    It like this New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined Thursday to endorse Caroline Kennedy as Hillary Clinton’s successor, because he don't to get caught up in mess like the governor of illinois

    December 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Sheri

    Caroline Kennedy is no more qualified to be a senator than Sarah Palin was to be vice president.

    December 18, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. BS not Maverick

    and I refuse to endorse Bloomberg!

    December 18, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. JM

    Good

    December 18, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Robert

    Seems to me that in these times, true experience and brains calls for no one else other than Bob Kerry. All the names are nice..we are not in Camelot nor are we a comedy sitcom. Let us be serious and go for someone who will truly serve our interests without on the job training!

    December 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Before slamming Ms. Kennedy, we should look at the experience of other "first time" senatoral candidates from the other states.

    You will find that it is not uncommon for a "first timer" not to have a lot of experience either.

    Ms. Kennedy should not be held to a different standard than other first timers.

    December 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Carl Justus

    I would like to see Caroline Kennedy or Andrew Cuomo to become the senator from New York. Caroline would be my first choice.

    December 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. brian griffin

    is it me or does bloomberg always play this game...he wouldn't endorse a president..won't say who'd he prefer to be in the senate–the game gets old after a while

    December 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Politicians need to realize that "endorsements" really don't influence a lot of voters. I make up my own mind ... what somebody else thinks might be of cursory interest to me ... has never influenced my vote.

    December 18, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Simpliticus

    Bloomberg is probably correct. There is a better candidate and it probably is Cuomo! Kennedy's selection would be more symbolic that have pertinent value!

    December 18, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Jim

    The only requirements or qualifications Caroline Kennedy needs to meet are those listed in the US Constitution. She meets them. Why not give a non-politician a chance. I think she will bring her integrity and a sincere desire to make a difference for the nation to the US Senate. Give her a chance!

    What a breath of fresh air...no sordid history, no corruption, no scandal...come on guys! lighten up.

    And yes, for many of us "Boomers" who were teenagers during her father's administration, and who volunteered for her Uncle Bobby in 1968...and who actually hoped to help create a better world from the struggles of the 60's the Kennedy name will always have a certain positive power to it. .It is the same hope and power the Obama name generates for us now.

    December 18, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Democrat No More

    How much money does she have? Senate seats are a costly thing if you are in the Democratic party.

    December 18, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. mike

    dYNASTI ,Nepotism,lobbies(bribery) all this killing us involved to be come corruption...US the worst corrupt in the world

    December 18, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Joe in Austin

    Caroline is the apparent choice if we want a human being in the senate.

    December 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    I think ms. kennedy will make an excellent senator.

    December 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Jim

    Follow-up: as for Mayor Bloomberg...I agree, who cares?

    December 18, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Mari

    Let's NOT forget the BUSH DYNASTY! OR THE ROCKEFELLERS!

    There are plenty of "old rich" families names who have kids in power!

    Even though I admire and respect the Kennedys, sorry, Caroline, its best for someone else to be U.S. Senator with some real work experience.

    December 18, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Sweet Caroline Goes To Washington

    Kennedy is a real, life long NY resident ... unlike Hillary Clinton ... she get's points for that.

    Kennedy has spent her, privaledged, adult like working on causes that benefit those of less priveledge ... she get's points for that ... it's what we want a senator to do.

    Kennedy has a cultured, genteel nature. Wouldn't it be great to have someone to advance Obama's call for more civility in government? In this regard, she is "qualified" in a way that NO current politician is .... take that you idiot, Peter North.

    Kennedy is bright and proactive. She won't be mentally overwelmed by the complexity of the probelems. Nor will she be outmanuevered by the schiesters.

    Andrew Cuomo ... also appears to be a highly qualified candidate. By selecting him, Paterson would checkmate a potential political opponent for the Governor's office.

    December 18, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Republican

    Do you really need experience to become a senator OR for that matter president of united states? I dont think so and 60+ million americans dont think that experience is neccessary to lead this country...

    December 18, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Jill American

    So Caroline shouldn't be a Senator because of her Dad and Uncle? Then what about multiple generations of police officers who get a job because of their 'name'? Lawyers that join firms of their father's because of their 'name'? Sons that follow their father's footsteps and become president sof a family company? How about a C student that gets into Harvard because of his 'name'?

    December 18, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Patty

    Caroline's a Kennedy. The Kennedies are Gods. The Obamas owe Caroline and Ted big time for their endorsements - it's a done deal - it's Caroline (Kennedy) Schlossberg. Remember - experience no longer matters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Alice

    What a misleading headline (and story). I watched Bloomberg on The View today, and he made it crystal clear that he felt it would be inappropriate for him to endorse anyone publicly - just like he wouldn't endorse a candidate in the Presidential election. (However, he definitely left the impression that he supports Kennedy privately.)

    December 18, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Debby

    Good just because her maiden name is Kennedy doesn't mean she is qualified for the job. Where has she been all these years before she endorsed the Messiah.

    December 18, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Jersey Voter

    According to the US Constitution Caroline most certainly does have all the qualifications necessary to be a Senator and 'paying her dues' isn't one of them.

    December 18, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. mike

    Dinasty,nepotism,Lobbiest tie to be come corruption and they are destroying us.
    US politician nothing diferent with wall street crook ,They are talk stand up straigh to ur eyes smile and LIE.

    CNN PLS POST THIS..

    December 18, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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