January 1st, 2009
06:16 PM ET
5 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.

Related: Kennedy says she's best for the job

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. H Bontrager

    Methinks Mr. Silver should examine his priorities........Ms Kennedy's "first obligation" should be to neither the mayor nor the governor, but to her constituents, nay?

    January 1, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Misha

    This is outrageous. Didn't we have that little revolutionary war to get away from people inheriting positions of power? I am so tired of people like her getting things they haven't worked for or earned. Where does she get off thinking that because her uncle is a senator, it somehow qualifies her?

    January 1, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    YAY KENNEDY

    January 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Nick

    I didn't vote for her, but Sarah Palin is 10x more qualified than Caroline. First of all, she's actually been elected to political office multiple times and holds a great deal of political hands on experience. I don't think there would be a problem if this were the House of Representatives, but the Senate is a pretty powerful body and it's usually good that the person going in has some confirmation that they could represent the state well. Perhaps Patterson should appoint a representative to the Senate post and appoint Caroline to replace the representative. That would be the savvier move.

    January 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    I would say that speaker changed his stance on Kennedy due to the voices of the PEOPLE of NY... We have some good deal of power now... and voters are making their voices known.

    The pressure of the people... is the pressure of their votes in the next election.... politicians are waking up to the fact that WE are engaged... with a purpose... to make sure this government is now for the People! Not special interests or Rich Fat Cats! Get used to it.... that's all I can say. :)

    January 1, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. jrzshor

    did he just sell his endorsement?

    January 1, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Pte

    I can't believe this is the best NY can find......what wakes her qualified, besides a last name?
    I guess we get what we deserve !

    January 1, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    Caroline Kennedy does NOT deserve the apppointment, nor does she offer anything to the position.
    Caroline Kennedy has an attitude of 'entitlement' and this matters.
    Governor Patterson should NOT even consider Kennedy for this appointment. There are too many other proven political figures who have worked hard and dedicated many years to this work and their careers. How Kennedy believes that she is the best qualified is ridiculous and doesn't deserve any debate.

    January 1, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. E.C.Coleman

    Being a 'Kennedy' does NOT make Caroline a 'qualified candidate' for the position of Senator.

    January 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. cobra

    Just another democrat that don't have a clue!

    January 1, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. ttofast70@comcast.net

    Caroline Kennedy has a Law Degree. Caroline Kennedy has worked with the Metropolotian Museum of Art; The Kennedy Center, and over sees the Kennedy. Unlike St. Hillary, she is NOT a carpet bagger. The young woman has been in NYC since she was about 10 or 11 years old. Can you idiots google. What makes Drucilla from Wasilla qualified to be anything but trailer-trash?

    January 1, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Butch Dillon

    A lot of people still dissent on the basis of Kennedy's lack of experience. And I can easily see their point. She simply cannot compare to the likes of Larry Craig or Ted Stevens. And as for replacing the sainted Hillary, well it's doubtful that Caroline will ever match Clinton's much acclaimed vigilance over Wall Street and the population leakage in upstate NY. What's a rookie to do against such accomplishments and experience?

    January 1, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Babs

    Doesn't she have anything else better to do than to be a Senator? Or is it a Kennedy power thing... you know her Uncle is on is way out and wow no Kennedy anywhere to be seen.

    January 1, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. lescroc

    If Caroline Kennedy wants the job! let her run for the office, if elected then we can support her! Until then go for a ride with Uncle Ted, if you do then we will not have to worry about you running.

    Sounds like s suck job for this ole what is his name that did a 180 turn?

    Take him for a ride with uncle ted to. do us all a big favor.

    January 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Clay St. John

    I think if John F. Kennedy Jr were in the same position as his sister right now, everyone would be cheering.

    And what experience did Hilary Clinton have?

    It's time to think outside of the box.

    Go Caroline!

    January 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. JMarie

    Betcha Elliot Spitzer is wishing HE were making the choice.

    January 1, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Elizabeth

    Thank you to "Was a Democrat . . . ". FINALLY someone has pointed out that the woman's surname is NOT Kennedy. She has been Caroline Schlossberg for a number of years, now, and if appointed would be Senator Schlossberg and NOT Senator Kennedy. I have a feeling that if the media would refer to her using her correct surname most people would respond, "Who?". If the media (and I mean everyone including CNN) would simply report this "story" using her proper name they'd find there isn't much of a story. No one cares about a Mrs. Schlossberg wanting to be a senator. But a Kennedy? Oh, that's another matter entirely! (And I'm STILL a Democrat.)

    January 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Rob Stumpf

    I am amazed and more than a little frightened that many of the posters who are questioning Kennedy's qualifications find Sarah Palin to be qualified. <<<

    Don't be scared. Sarah Palin is a governor. When Caroline Kennedy is the governor of something, try again.

    January 1, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. LEO ROBERTSON

    CAROLINE KENNEDY MAY NOT BE THE MOST QUALIFIED BUT IF SELECTED, THE CHANCES ARE THAT SHE COULD RAISE ENOUGH MONEY AND SUPPORT TO GET ELECTED IN 2010. THE DEMOCRAT PARTY NEEDS TO BUILD ITS STRENGTH. THE NAME OF KENNEDY WOULD HELP DO THAT.

    WE CERTAINLY NEED SOMEONE TO BE SELECTED WHO WILL DEFEAT ANY REPUBLICAN WHO CHOOSES TO RUN. WE HAVE SEEN ENOUGH OF THE G.O.P., THE GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY!
    .

    January 1, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Scruz

    It is laughable to appoint such an interested, non-voting, verbally inept important through name only possible senator replacement. i guess it once again goes to show you that you can be out sick for a year and still retain your seat. if you think that being represented by a senator means anything, you are delusional. in this case, it's all about money...and how to raise it. really sad state of affairs. if you all thought the clintons brought chaos to the fore (and i don't – it's the media) just wait until you see the drama and chaos that the "president elect" is going to foist on us. then, walk away and throw the expendible under the bus.

    January 1, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Caroline Esqueval

    Isn't "change" what the majority of the USA voted for? Seems Americans don't like experience as a qualification (ref the incoming president). Why not C K. Schlossberg; she is as qualified as Obama is for his job. Folks, we are going to invent the wheel all over again with all these upstarts in our government without a doubt.

    January 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. LEO ROBERTSON

    WHY DID YOU SAY I ALREADY SAID WHAT WAS IN MY COMMENT?

    I DID NOT!

    ARE ONLY NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THE KENNEDYS DESIRED

    January 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Proud American

    Republican are such hateful Idiots, and what's sad they couldn't run an aminal shelter. Republicans you lost and are still losers.. Move On

    January 1, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. mmm

    If Caroline Kennedy gets the appointment to Hillary Clintons position it will send a message that if you supported Obama or gave him lots of money he will " hook you up " with a really great position. He received so much money that, we can be sure, a whole lot more people are waiting for their "hook ups".

    January 1, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Who the Hell wants to live in New York, anyway?

    The Steelers Rule!

    The Jets Drool!

    January 1, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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