December 18th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
9 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. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-* I've been in this game of politics for close to 40 years now

    It just kind of bugs me the way Caroline came out with this attitude of "I WANT this seat, so GIVE it to me". It kind of reeks of the rich kid always getting what she wants. If she wants this Senate seat so badly, let her run for it in the next election. Then the voters can decide if they think she should get the spot.
    The polls right now are saying New Yorkers would prefer Andrew Cuomo over Kenneday.

    December 18, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. TW, oregon

    Well, the man said he didn't want to be involved and the press makes that into a refusal to endorse. Good for the mayor, time has come where its important to follow ones inclination regardless of what the "press" tells you you ought to do!

    December 18, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Isn't her real name Schlosbooger??

    Kennedy, Schmeneddy. Oh, I see. She has ZERO qualifications for the job, but she's a "genius" because she's a Democrap.

    Sarah Palin 2012!!!

    December 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Butch Dillon

    Bloomberg does support Kennedy for Clinton's senate seat, he's just trying to give the appearance of neutrality. She's the right person for the job and the mayor knows it.

    December 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Carl from MI

    That's OK because she's not going to back him in his next re-election bid either. He's going to go down in flames come next election.


    December 18, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Becky, Midwest

    Good for him. She shouldn't be Senator just because she wants to be. you've got to earn it sweetie!

    December 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. bill

    bloomburg is a idiot .if he thinks he can stop .JOHN F KENNEDYS DAUGHTER.go caroline we need fresh blood in senate

    December 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Independent voter

    Linda, do you really understand the meaning, "Pay to Play" or did you just pick it up from your t.v. set. You sound like a billboard of written talking points.

    December 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Upstater

    So Bloomberg, who's not even a Democrat anymore, want's to tell a Democratic governor who to pick and who not to pick to replace a Democratic senator...

    Anyways, the best choice is Higgins, but the downstate political machine will probably ignore the rest of the state yet again.

    December 18, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Marie in California

    I wouldn't endorse her either. She can't run on just the Kennedy name and expect everything to land in her lap.

    Cuomo is a much better choice.....more experience, for starters.

    December 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Jeff

    He ducked it. He could easily have justified endorsing her if he wanted to.

    December 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Paul Lucas

    He's a republican, a wealthy one at that. Of course he won't endorse her.

    December 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. david

    I mean god forbid she actually get elected for the position, like many of you seem to forget hillary did twice. It's not so much that she's a Kennedy that people are complaining about, it's the fact that she thinks just because i'm JFK's only surviving heir you should pick me because I said.

    give me a break, if patterson picks somebody he should at the minimum pick somebody who's been elected to any office in their entire life time.

    December 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Aimee

    The Kennedy name will bring many riches to New York.....that's the name of the game right now isn't it?

    December 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Phyllis

    I can't support Caroline Kennedy. Dynasties are bad for American democracy.

    December 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Ellie

    It's all in the name....and, of course, who ya know!

    December 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. janey

    Bloomberg's got his head on straight! Gotta love him!

    December 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Susan, Macedon New York

    Dave from Minneapolis:
    Are you nuts? As a New Yorker I love, love, love that Obama is President!! This is a liberal state, not a red state and with any luck at all, Obama will be here for two terms – with the blessings of most of the people of this state.

    December 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. baatin

    wow! thanks, cnn for your misleading title! in your article in which you clearly state that bloomberg does not endorse ANY of the candidates, somehow you choose to single out carolyn kennedy as the ONLY candidate he opts not to endorse. crack journalism at it's best!

    December 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. KampBell_BrOwn SUx

    Bloomberg is confused as to whether he is independent,GOP or a DEM. He's for himself & that's why he's in for a third term.

    December 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. 4Real

    The only reason Caroline Kennedy is even under consideration is because she's a woman. Some voices are saying that this is precisely why Patterson should tap her, without ever stopping to consider that this point of view is, by definition, sexist. The only thing Patterson should consider is her qualification to represent the State of New York in the Senate. Many seasoned politicians in the Democratic Party don't believe she is.

    December 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. No incumbents 2010

    Everyone is saying how much of a great senator she would make. Can someone tell me why? Other than being a woman and its time for change blah blah blah.

    December 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. crackerjack

    1. Caroline knows she will be picked for the seat. She has known that since day one. Otherwise, she would not be out in the public like she is. She would not go through the humilitation of loosing!!!

    2. A Kennedy cousin stated that if Caroline didn't win , we would see more Kennedy's come out than we had ever seen. So tough --

    3. JUST A BRIGHTER NOTE: after seeing Kerry Kennedy on tv, I can see who got all the LOOKS in the Kennedy cousins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Michael M. Noonan

    It's time for this "royal," irresponsible family to go away.

    December 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. KampBell_BrOwn SUx

    CNN wants to bash Caroline Kennedy until she bleeds! But defended Palin to the point where any criticisms of Palin would not be posted on this blogsite. I guess it's okay to bash DEMS but god forbid not a sleazy GOP.

    December 18, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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