January 1st, 2009
06:16 PM ET
9 years ago

Kennedy clears political hurdle

A powerful New York Democrat now says he will support Kennedy if she is named Senator.

A powerful New York Democrat now says he will support Kennedy if she is named Senator.

(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy appears to have cleared a big hurdle in her quest to replace outgoing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a powerful Democrat who has questioned whether Kennedy is the best choice to fill the likely vacant seat, said Wednesday he will support Kennedy should she ultimately be appointed to the post.

"I have determined there's a good possibility she will be the appointee of the governor," Silver told the New York Post. "If she is the appointee of the governor, I will certainly be supportive of her. I will work for her and will work strenuously for her election."

Silver's comments differ markedly from his statements last week, when he suggested Kennedy is too closely allied with Michael Bloomberg, the Republican-turned-Independent New York City Mayor.

"If I were the governor, I would look and question whether this is the appointment I would want to make: whether her first obligation might be to the mayor of the City of New York, rather than to the governor who would be appointing her," Silver told an Albany radio station then.

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In the interview with the Post, Silver acknowledged he is now more favorable of Kennedy than he was last week, and said she will likely help the governor get elected to a full term in 2010 if she is on the ballot herself.

"The governor, I think, wants to run [in 2010] with a strong candidate, and I'm sure…having a well-known woman on the ticket will be helpful," he said.

Paterson has the sole responsibility of picking Clinton's replacement. His pick would serve for two years before running in a special election in 2010. If the candidate won that contest, he or she would have to run again in 2012, when Clinton's term ends.

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soundoff (355 Responses)
  1. That Other Jerry

    To Gene- what language was that, man? You feelin' OK?
    To everybody in NY- chill, OK? At least she's not Al Franken.

    January 1, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Caroline Kennedy, law degree. Sarah Palin, no degree. This is a no brainer.

    January 1, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Larry

    Typical Democrats,the country and or the people are never the first concern ,it's always all about politics.

    January 1, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    If your Daddy was once a president, does that qualify you to be a senator or a president too? Look at George W. Bush.

    January 1, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. JGM

    Caroline is a brilliant scholar and a lovely person. She will serve the people of her district very well.

    January 1, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Bill

    Just as qualified as Hilary was when Hilary was elected.

    January 1, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Caroline Kennedy as the appointment to the Senate is an absolute joke.

    January 1, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. husan

    You can' t even begin to compare Kennedy with Palin. Her public speaking needs work, but she is intelligent, ( publishing books on constitutional law is not for the lightheaded. and by the way, this is an appointment, not an election. She can continue to do the work of her uncle Edward Kennedy. Most of the comments are the same old complaint about her having a famous family.. whatever, so I chalk that up to more sexist attitudes and petty concerns.
    being a senator is not like a VP position. And I bet she will overcome her lack of experience pretty quick.
    Mothers put their careers on hold and she is now stepping in to her life work. How many Bushes were in office?

    January 1, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. nicolas richards

    It is an obscenity if this two bit housewife is appointed to the Senate.This woman has absolutely NO QUALIFICATION for a senate appointment. She is a worthless prissy little stuck up witch who should be hosting a tea party or whatever these self rightous trust fund miscreants do with all their spare time.

    January 1, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. shay

    What is this with comparing Caroline Kennedy and Sarah Palin?????Caroline Kennedy is a rich housewife/mother who doesn't vote, and Sarah Palin is a governor. Give me a break....the people who rant against Sarah Palin sound like a bunch of high schoolers and equally so when you gushing over a woman who barely can pull a sentence together, you know, you know?

    January 1, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |

    Not being from New York it does not matter to me, but it appears that most on this thread that say she is not qualified are not familiar with the inner workings of politics. Her surname being Kennedy will open more doors for her in the policitical arena than the name of anyone else that could possibly be appointed. even as the junior Senator. Those opportuniites would all be for the state of New York's benefit. She is also a lawyer so she knows the legal ropes.

    I would think twice before dismissing her IF you are from New York.

    January 1, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Mike Dallas

    @messiah watch

    If it is Bill, will you be jealous?

    January 1, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. katherine scardino

    I am amazed at the single mindedness of most of your comments about Caroline Kennedy. What do you folks think this woman has done for the last 50 years Sit on her behind and accomplished nothing? She is married, raised children, ran a house, donated millions of hours to civic and charitable works. And, while that may not be in the political arena, it is work in our communities that people like you and me never do. So, I for one appreciate all her donated time and effort and feel that it, as much as anything anyone else has done, makes her qualified to be a Senator from the State of New York. If she fails, she will not be elected. Give her a chance.

    January 1, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. James

    I feel she would make for a wonderful Junior Senator. Senator Kennedy has the accumen to do what is right, she has the thrength and courage to buck the trend and most importantly she knows how to lead.

    For the Governor, give us this winner.

    January 1, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. This is change?

    I don't think so.

    January 1, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    like everyone else, I'm appalled that she could simply walk in, hop to the front of the line, and get the nomination not on merit, but purely by her last name. Utterly disgusting and I certainly hope that isn't the case but fear its already certain. A perfect example of wealth influencing politics and cronieism

    January 1, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. sb

    Hi my name is Princess you know Kennedy Wink wink and I wrote a book and I was inspired to want to do something so I you know wink wink you know want to be a senator you know wink wink...Sarah Palin...Princess Kennedy...you know wink wink...Joe the Plumber should be a senator too he wrote a book...you know!

    January 1, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Tl

    Mrs. Kennedy is probably not ready to be Senator, but she should work on her public speaking skills. Also, I don't think the Cathloic church agrees with her views on gay marriage.

    January 1, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. sb

    Wouldnt it be a good idea for Princess Kennedy to maybe start out as a Mayor and then maybe a governor, that would at least make her more qualified...you know...oops that doesn't make you qualifed...just write a check Princess Kennedy to Blago...and go be a senator in Ill. HA...stupid libs!

    January 1, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. husan


    Please women, continue to submit thoughtful, insightful input regarding CK who is also intelligent, hardworking, and most likely a woman with integrity, grace, and wisdom.
    The name calling of "two bit housewife,:" prissy stuck up witch"is merely the lack of anything reasonably intelligent to say.

    January 1, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. Mightyj56

    Surely the state of New York has someone qualified to take this senate seat. C Kennedy hasn't even voted in the last few elections. Does anyone think that she's supposed to be abreast of the issues? I know she has deep pockets, but we need people in the senate that know what they're doing. By the time she figures out what's going on, her term will be over. This is ridiculous.

    January 1, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Chaz

    Why should this Cu*t ge the seat ? Besides her family, what does she have to offer ? I can't believe she is just pretty much going to be appointed just because of her name...What a douche bag !

    January 1, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. Think Blue

    That what I love about you conservative Republicans, the mean, hateful, spiteful, mean spiritness.........what a laugh I've had reading your muck, you might want to go to church twice Sunday

    January 1, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Jim Jam

    The Democrats don't have a version of Sarah Palin, Thank God for small favors!

    January 1, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. Marie

    It's all about money! The Kennedy name has been losing ground for some time. The dynasty is dying... which ultimately translates to lost revenue. They would not support Hillary because the Clinton name was becoming too powerful. They supported the inexperienced candidate for president that they now hope to control!

    January 1, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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