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.
More proof that Bloomberg is one of the most intelligent politicians out there.
I am shocked, shocked that he doesn't want Caroline to be enshrined in the House of Lords.
Bloomberg is running into a brick wall with term limits in NYC and I'm sure he knows that if they wouldn't get rid of term limits for Rudy after 9/11 they're not going to get rid of term limits for him now. So he has two choices going forward, run for governor of NY or the US Senate. Kennedy will only be appointed for two years then NY will have a special election. Perfect timing for Mayor Bloomburg, who will be leaving office next year to then walk into a run for the senate. For it to work he can't be seen praising his future oppoinents qualifications.
the anti-gun SOB wants it for himself
Wow...shame on you Bloomberg.....
I think Caroline would be a great contributor to a HEALTHY New York..and I can say that as I a resident...Siena College needs to repoll those that are registered Dems or Repubs in NYS....go with the average citizens and I would suggest your yesterday results would be different and in favor of Caroline.
It make one wonder if there is a hexagon club...
I love the Kennedy's and I love Mayor Bloomberg but I think he made a wise choice by staying out of it. I also like the way he put it. Go Bloomberg. Caroline, good luck because I think you would make a
great Senator to our precious state. Good Luck.
I would call that an endorsement.............
Why settle for the Senate? Why not start out by going for the "big chair" in 2016? She'll only be 59.
BRAVO! No Caroline
I think her personality is so dry & blah but anything is possible.
Way to go Mayor Bloomberg and all others who don't cower to these dirty politics of strong arm and pay for play.
Ted Kennedy already went there when he called Gov Patterson and said he knew they could send a lot of money for projects towards New Yorks way. Using pay for play with tax payers dollar to force an unqualified person because of name recognition and a feeling of entitlement is disgusting.
And, for those who DARE try to compare Caroline to the current seat holder, you SHOULD BE ASHAMED. So easy to sell your convictions apparently. Hillary Clinton was First Lady of Arkansas, practicing Attorney, championed chiildrens and womens rights and health care, and then became First Lady of the United States for 8 years. Hardly does charity work, however nice she did that, or writing books equates close to that experience and knowledge.
And this SURELY does not represent CHANGE, if they are trying to strong arm an unqualified person with name recognition only .
And at a time when we see how our politicians are serving themselves, showing it's who you know and who gives the dough that rewards folks with a position, Gov Patterson should push this away as far as he can.
There are so many GOOD and QUALIFIED persons, with experience and knowledge pertinent to the position that should be placed in this position. And throw awy intimidation, strong arm tactics and pay for play down the gutter where it belongs.
appointing kennedy to the senate is pure patronage and payback for helping obama they should have an election and let the people decide
It's a good idea for Bloomberg to keep his opinion on this matter to himself.
Had Bloomberg simply stated that he can't endorse anyone this wouldn't even be an article. But because he chooses to mouth off just enough to shoot her down and pique interest for his unamed choice we're stuck with this. This guy is just a typical bad politician looking only to serve his own interests.
Bloomberg wants it. It's very obvious.
well...caroline...nothing comes easy...if you want it; you'll have to fight for it gurlie....
so what the mayor doesn't approve...
...but she had straight A's in kindergarten!
Sounds like someone was hoping he would be appointed. Sorry Mike our government has enough corrupt good ole boys. Caroline represents a new way of political thinking and it scares the hell out of old white men.
CAROLINE KENNEDY HAS NEVER DEPICTED A PRINCESS ROLE,SHE IS A GREAT MOTHER AND HAS WORKED VERY QUIETELY
BEHIND THE SCENE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION HAS WRITTEN TWO BOOKS IS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN,AND A RIGHT AGE,THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO HAVE TO RUN FOR SENATE AND IS A RESIDENT OF NY.NY WILL BENEFIT A LOT FROM HER.YES SHE IS SHY BUT VERY COMPETENT PERSON.
It seems there is a problem about if Caroline Kennedy is apt or not to work as senator.
This is very curious,...many members from her own Democratic Party do not find her quite experienced or seasoned for the task.
However, they endorse, support, promote, almost worship, and elect Obama, who is a big ZERO in experience and views , totally not able to take the helm of the country. Yet, there he is!
These democrats deserve their own sitcom on TV, they are so funny ( and PHONY as well) that their power to make America laugh is at the higest magnitud.
Obama!,...for-cry-out-loud,...NO EXPERIENCE, TWISTED NOTIONS ABOUT HOW TO KEEP OUR COUTRY SAFE ( if ever intended to keep it safe,...acually, a TROJAN HORSE FACTOR for the destruction of the country – a full-metal jacket socialist). A guy with a background of interesting past ( I do not have to tell you nothing about it , right? for sufice is to say that is HE IS product of the CHICAGO CORRUPTED POLITICAL MACHINE WITH ALL THE WORKS!) So take it from there.
And so , here is the thing :- after vote for Obama and with 'special factors' like : FRAUD,EXTORTION,DECEPTIONS, ILLEGAL FUNDING TO BUY ELECTIONS,...etc, and others goodies,...these COCOZOIDS DEMOCRATS ELECT HIM FOR PRESIDENCY !,...this people have the nerve to say that Ms Kennedy is not apt to be a senator?
Well, after all this, I think that anyone, ABSOLUTELY ANYONE can be president in our country.
Well, if this is going to continue stretching?,...then anyone born on Planet Earth can become president of any country.
So, Arnold Schwarzenegger could very well be president of USA and then!,.....TA-DAAAA! 'THE TERMINATOR' might end the CORRUPTION that bring to us things like CHICAGO-CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE from where Obama comes from!
I bet this does not fit well to the Obama supporters,...buth then,...there is that.
It seems as if the name Kennedy qualifies them for ANYTHING. Just can't believe it. There are more who are more qualified however having the KENNEDY name will get her there. I was a great supporter of her father but do not think she should get the job.
Kennedy should not be chosen. The governor should pick someone who has ran for office and put forth the effort NOT someone who has done nothing. No more gifts for the Kennedy's.
Caroline Kennedy is just a regular woman with NO EXPERIENCE who just happens to come from a very powerful family. She is NOT QUALIFIED people, she's just a regular person with NO LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER.
"I absolutely, 1,000% resent my government telling me what to eat and what not to eat, what to drink and what not to drink, what to smoke and what to smoke and even where and when I can smoke. "
No one is telling you these things (except for maybe where to smoke). They just want to tax you for them, that's all.