December 18th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
10 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. Mike

    More proof that Bloomberg is one of the most intelligent politicians out there.

    December 18, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. NYDEM

    I am shocked, shocked that he doesn't want Caroline to be enshrined in the House of Lords.

    December 18, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Gene in PA

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Matt, Chico, CA

    the anti-gun SOB wants it for himself

    December 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    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...

    December 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Tasha

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Independent In NY

    I would call that an endorsement.............

    December 18, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Why settle for the Senate? Why not start out by going for the "big chair" in 2016? She'll only be 59.

    December 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. R

    BRAVO! No Caroline

    December 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Independent from FL

    I think her personality is so dry & blah but anything is possible.

    December 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Linda

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. johnt

    appointing kennedy to the senate is pure patronage and payback for helping obama they should have an election and let the people decide

    December 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Amanda

    It's a good idea for Bloomberg to keep his opinion on this matter to himself.

    December 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Grimm

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Gerald C

    Bloomberg wants it. It's very obvious.

    December 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. HouseDiva

    well...caroline...nothing comes easy...if you want it; you'll have to fight for it gurlie....

    so what the mayor doesn't approve...

    December 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Jerry

    ...but she had straight A's in kindergarten!

    December 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Denver Dem

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |


    December 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Daniel Cabrera

    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.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    December 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Bridgette-PA


    December 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Howie

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. reggie

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Nanochristmas love

    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.

    December 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Joe in NJ

    "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.

    December 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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