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. Alex

    Why should he endorse her? It's not his decision and furthermore, the other candidates for the post aren't exerting the same kind of national pressure on Paterson that Kennedy's camp is... Why isn't it a story that Bloomberg hasn't endorsed Cuomo? Maloney? Fran Drescher???

    The press, as well as the Senate Democratic caucus, are doing a serious disservice to the appointment process by treating Kennedy's "campaign" as exceptional and more worthy of attention than others.

    December 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Paul from NYC

    That's a shady headline. Bloomberg is right in this instance to not endorse anyone.

    Caroline Kennedy would not be my choice for US Senator. I want a representative that has actually had to WORK for a living at some point in their life. I've frankly had enough of the politics of aristocracy.

    December 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Mayor Bloomberg, don't you know that the Kennedy's have been annointed by God to rule over us? Just ask them.

    December 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. earle,florida

    Good for Mayor Bloomberg, who does this lady think she is? No credentials ,and just Teddy Baby demanding she get the job. Don't think for one moment that her plans for running ,were never in the offing. She kept her (ambitions close to her vest) original name (you no ,the Kennedy Brand) and new eventually there would be an opening (believe me the Kennedy's, and Clinton's are like two peas in a pod). Why else didn't she use Mrs.Sclossberg, her three children's name? Discusted with todays anti-american theatrics!

    December 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. David

    New Yorkers will vote for anyone as long as they're a celebrity. It doesn't matter if they're qualified or not. Bloomberg never said he doesn't support her he just said he's staying out of it.

    December 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. lisa from AZ

    It is ridiculous that anyone would question Caroline Kennedy's ability to be anything but excellent as a senator. She knows politics...it is the family business. She is a Harvard graduate with a law degree for heaven's sake!. And, unlike many politicians today, she has spent her life actually serving other Americans and preserving her parent's legacy. Compared to Bush and people like Palin...well, there is NO comparison. Do we believe in America that education means something? How about rolling up one's sleeves with a real history of experience? She can talk the talk and walk the walk. She already has!

    December 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Lorna, NY

    Bloomberg is an egomaniac. I hope NY'ers do not elect him for a third term.

    December 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Matt

    @ Jill American

    You've got it backwards. Nobody said she shouldn't get it because of her dad and uncle. We're say she shouldn't get it JUST BECAUSE of her dad and uncle (i.e., her name).

    December 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Who cares

    who he endroses? This is a man who was cool until he decided he wanted to create his own rules!

    December 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. NYDem12

    The only people who want Caroline to take HRC's seat are the greedy high up Dems who think she can raise funds and the media who wants to write Camelot stories to sell papers. Both could care less about the people of NY who have made it clear we don't think Caroline is the right person for the seat! Barely 25% of NYers even think it's a good idea! When Hillary ran in 2000 the economy was booming and the voters took a risk on her which fortunately paid off. Now the economy is in the toilet and suddenly Caroline who has ZERO knowledge of economic policy, ZERO legislative experience, someone who has avoided public service her entire life, is the best person for the job?! Sorry, the priority shouldn't be keeping the Kennedy family business alive, it should be keeping the economy of NY alive which will take an aggressive, experienced fighter – and that person is NOT Caroline Kennedy.

    December 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. rhiannonrede

    Bloomburg is a jerk who has political aspirations of his own that Kennedy threatens. Who cares REALLY what he thinks.

    Little Rock, AR

    December 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. New Yorker

    To citizen from N Y – if you don't want government telling you what to eat and what not to eat then don't expect government to provide your health care. Strings SHOULD be attached to those who want government handouts. (excuse me, I mean those who want other "taxpayers" to pay their bills.)

    December 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. New Yorker

    To citizen from N Y – if you don't want government telling you what to eat and what not to eat then don't expect government to provide your health care. Strings SHOULD be attached to those who want government handouts. (excuse me, I mean those who want other "taxpayers" to pay their bills.) C'mon CNN, don't keep this in moderation as usual.

    December 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. sunshine

    maybe new york will decline bloomberg, Caroline will be excellent.

    December 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Zelda, Cocoa Beach, FL

    He's not endorcing anyone, so what's the deal? Why title it that he is not endorcing the best candidate for the job, Caroline Kennedy. She'll do a million times better than Hillary, and her being Senator will never be about the "money".

    December 18, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. canadian pov

    Gene in PA has it correct!

    December 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. mk

    You're kidding me? CNN, a news agency, just made a story about something that a politician DID NOT say???? He said he was not going to get into the race and not endorse ANYONE!! Why isn't this headline, "Bloomberg won't endorse Joe the Plummer for Senate"? Just as appropriate, I'd say ... Gimme a break.

    December 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. patNY

    No way, No How, No Caroline!

    December 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Bloomberg wants it for himself obviously.

    December 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. cgif

    The elected officials didn't want Hillary Clinton either when she ran, but the people of NY proved they were interested in voting for a smart woman who was more than capable of holding her own. To say the Caroline is not qualified is like saying Bloomberg is not rich. Maybe she chose to use her law degree, raise a family and work for many non-profits before deciding that public office is for her. I think the woman is more than qualified to be in public office....maybe she can light the flame for a new generation to become interested in government as her Father and Uncle Bobby did.

    December 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. norb

    He who appoints himself a third term should know what he's talking about.

    December 18, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    CAROLINE (kennedy) SCHLOSSBERG should be hounded about her lack of any political experience like the qualified Sarah Palin was by you liberal clowns!

    December 18, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. La Gorda

    I'm not especially a Kennedy fan, but I figure she's worth a roll of the dice. She has not been bribed, she owes no political favors, she is well educated, she actually reads BOOKS, and has written a few. This lifts her head-and-shoulders

    We voters have not been particularly astute in picking good office holders. I would not hire my Congressman (Reyes) or either of my Senators (Hutchison, Cornyn) to run a shoe store, much less the western world. We voters did elect G. W. Bush, Tom Delay (awaiting trial), Duke Cunningham (slammer), Ted Stevens (heading for the slammer), Bob Ney (slammer), Mark Foley (in rehab), and the distinguished governor of Illinois (soon to be expelled from office).

    Give the gal a shot. Maybe we would be pleasantly surprised with her performance. Who else could the Governor pick? Another multi-term Congressman or Legislator from NY who owes a hundred special interest groups a hundred favors each? If American continues to do business as usual, our democracy will not have a bright future.

    December 18, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. KJL

    A politician who can keep his mouth shut? Who'da thunk it.

    December 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Willy Brown

    CAROLINE SCHLOSSBERG should be hounded about her lack of any political experience like the qualified Sarah Palin was by you liberal clowns!

    December 18, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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