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. Bill NY

    Theres another race Bloomberg should also stay out of:
    The next mayoral election in NYC! This putz is trying to derail the democratic process. In my book he is only second to Rudy Giulliani as the most overated mayor in New York City history. Caroline is as qualified or more so than most of the idiots in office or running for office. She is a person who really cares and has no hidden business agenda,

    December 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Michigan

    If you heard his discussion this morning, it wasn't that he "refused" to endorse her, he felt it wasn't his position to endorse anyone...big difference!!

    December 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. RAMiller

    Bloomberg declines to indorse Kennedy.

    Your story heading do not match the body of your story. Mayor Bloomberg said that it was not his call to pick somebody. He did not endorse anyone.

    Did I miss something in your reporting?


    December 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. kate

    The Clinton machine urgued that her name should not be a hinderance to her run for the presidency .. now they are using the same argument against Kennedy. Sick sick sick!! .. Caroline is a smart, capable woman .. she is as qualified as Hillary was when she came into office. Shame shame shame!!!!

    December 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Matt

    @ James

    Who isn't? Franny can nanny me anytime.

    December 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. boered1

    he did not "decline to endorse her" he declinded to endorse ANY person"


    December 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. kasera

    who cares about what bloomberg has to say? who is he anyway? BY THE WAY HE HAS JUST CHANGED THE LAW TO RUN FOR THE THIRD TERM.............


    December 18, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. La Gorda

    Citizen from NY wrote: "I ... 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. Government has no place in what I perceive as personal choices which should be made by me and only me."

    You should actually think about this, Citizen. First, corporations through their advertising successfully tell you and the rest of us what to eat, drink, smoke, wear, and think. They spend billions on it because it works. Government is the only countervailing force that could present another opinion. Second, it is cheaper to stop you and others from smoking, drinking, and eating things that will make you sick and will cost us taxpayers a bundle in public health expenditures later. Third, how do you feel about antifreeze in baby formula? Got any problems with that? Shouldn't parents be free to purchase poison for their babies if they want to? Or do you supporrt the "nanny state" interfering with our freedoms?

    December 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Jill is speaking like a Moron

    Jill, don't be a moron. Obviously if a son joins a law firm he has been to law school. If you join the police force you are sent to school before you are given a gun. If you become CEO of the family business – you have worked in the business. No one thinks her name should keep her from getting the job, but rather should not be the reason she gets the job.

    December 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. bratte

    Obviuosly, a Zionist is looking for another Zionist to fill this position. Caroline would be too neutral for their liking. He wants someone who will support Israel First policy.

    December 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Matt

    Good Job Bloomberg. New York does not need another celebrity senator anytime soon. We actually would want a Senator that is in it for New York not themselves.

    December 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. SC independent

    I agree with the mayor's judgment of NOT selecting Caroline Kennedy.

    The only "EXPERIENCE" she would bring to the job is her ability to point
    to what she wants - and get it. Life isn't like that....

    She walks out of the house and is IMMEDIATELY accepted by the public - BECAUSE she is a Kennedy, and therefore, a curiosity.

    This position is NOT a celebrity prize. It would be a disservice to all New Yorkers and a travesty of justice if she were appointed.

    December 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. bobcat

    Mr. Mayor , you're goingto havr to cut it short . The Yankees are on line 3 looking for some more tax breaks.

    December 18, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Courtlove

    Fran Dresher is better qualified for the position of senator than Caroline Kennedy. What does JFK have to do with that? Isn't the fact that our "powers" as citizens have constantly revolved around different generations of the same legacy? I'm not being bitter but to hell with JFK. Yes- I agree a life cut tragically short but's almost 2009 and things are a lot different than when he was around. America needs some new thinkers with new ideas. On Larry King, Fran Dresher laid out a comprehensive reason why she was the ideal candidate for the job. She even mentioned that she was the executive producer of "the nanny"- umm yea, she was making all the $$. So people cut all the jokes they want and allow yourself to be trapped in a nostalgic prison if you wish.

    December 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. bobcat

    Like you did for the current President, right?

    December 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. carmag

    Technically she is not qualified at all because she is not a drunkard, a corrupt, selfish, and inept parasite as the senators and congressman are.
    The only detail to fix is to abolish the USA Republic and establish a monarchy.
    My greetings to all of you

    December 18, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Samuel

    Coroline or no Caroline New York will not stand still. She is quslify and others are also qualify. The question is who does New York Citizens want. The real Senator will be elected in 2010 and then confirm or otherwise in 2012.

    December 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. rich

    Who cares what Blooberg things? I dont.

    December 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Say Chowda

    Bravo to he Mayor for not bowing down to pressure from the lord of the Senate, Teddy "the socialist".

    I hope Bloomberg doesn't accept any rides from Ted or Patrick as they could be deadly....

    Ya, I am way off base here.

    Caroline and the sheep that love her based on NOTHING but a name are the same sheep that hammered somene who paid their OWN way through college, ran their OWN business, was ELECTED Mayor and then was ELECTED Governor and was the MOST popular Governor in the entire COUNTRY.

    I don't even agree with a lot of what Palin was for, but the hypocracy is a joke.

    December 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Rachel

    Who does that Govenor think he is? It's up to the people the 2nd go around. I am sure that Caroline Kennedy would not take on such a venture if she didn't think she could do the job. We don't need to look at resume's. JoAnn Emerson went into her husbands job in Missouri and is doing an outstanding job. She keeps getting re-elected. I say give Caroline a chance. When election time comes up the people can determine whether she stays or goes. She's bound to be better than Pelosi! If Palin could run as VP not knowing anything, I think Caroline with her education can handle a Senate job for sure.

    December 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. A Canuck

    Who cares what Bloomberg thinks ?

    December 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Gentle Rampage

    As a handful of people whine about Caroline, she polls well and has dominated the news. No one is even speculating about anyone else. As NYT Columnist Gail Collins writes today of Ms. Kennedy's detractors. Their protests end with “Why pick Caroline Kennedy when we could have — um ...”

    Its funny how everyone accuses Caroline Kennedy of lacking fight and experience, even as she has gracefully elbowed everyone else out of the field. No phony populism. Just grace and good sense.

    December 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. docb

    Bloomberg is very coy...but he did mention Honest, fresh, intelligent, a good manager, who which of the other candidates who have been in office so long have all of these attributes!!! Answer-none but C. Kennedy! Besides she works closely with a very good friend of his...

    December 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. karen

    Michael, a little competition might do you the world of good.

    December 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. EW

    David Minneapolis, It's called the SECOND AMENDMENT. It isn't going away any time soon so get used to it!

    We don't need 'royalty' we need statesmen.


    December 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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