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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
ONE HAND ALWAYS SCRATCHES THE OTHER.
Good for him. She shouldn't be Senator just because she wants to be. you've got to earn it sweetie!
bloomburg is a idiot .if he thinks he can stop .JOHN F KENNEDYS DAUGHTER.go caroline we need fresh blood in senate
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.
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.
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.
He ducked it. He could easily have justified endorsing her if he wanted to.
He's a republican, a wealthy one at that. Of course he won't endorse her.
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.
The Kennedy name will bring many riches to New York.....that's the name of the game right now isn't it?
I can't support Caroline Kennedy. Dynasties are bad for American democracy.
It's all in the name....and, of course, who ya know!
Bloomberg's got his head on straight! Gotta love him!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's time for this "royal," irresponsible family to go away.
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.