January 16th, 2009
03:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton's seat to be filled next week

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/16/art.paterson.gi.jpg caption="Paterson said Friday he would pick Clinton’s Senate replacement next week."](CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson said Friday he is prepared to announce who will replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate immediately after the presidential inauguration.

In an interview on New York radio station WFAN, Paterson said he had planned on making the announcement this weekend, but later decided the timing would be better next week.

"We now know that Sen. Clinton is going to be the secretary of state. She sailed through her committee hearing," Paterson said "I would probably have done it this weekend, but I decided I didn't want to trample on Sen. Clinton's ability to come back and say farewell to her constituents, or the inauguration."

"Right after the inauguration, I expect to be getting to that," he added.

Paterson, who alone has the power to appoint someone to replace Clinton for two years, also dismissed recent polls showing more New Yorkers want state Attorney Gen. Andrew Cuomo for the post rather than Caroline Kenedy.

"The polls go up and down, it was somebody else a few weeks ago," he said. "I think that's more name recognition. There are some great candidates who have distinguished themselves who are not as well known."

Two recent polls both showed Kennedy has lost significant support among New Yorkers since she first expressed interest in the job.

But ultimately, Paterson said, his job is not to pick the candidate who’s most popular at the moment.

"It's the person who is going to be popular in 2010, when they run for re-election," the New York governor said.

Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • David Paterson
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. j

    Sounds like respectable, well thought out response.

    January 16, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. susie

    Paterson will look out for himself and pick Kennedy to help him win in 2010. He needs the Kennedy backing and money.

    January 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Pete Scribner

    Gov. Paterson says his job is not to pick the candidate who’s most popular at the moment, but rather, "the person who is going to be popular in 2010, when they run for re-election." Isn't his job actually to pick the most qualified person?

    January 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Objective thinking

    I admire the governor for not caving to polls.

    January 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Uncle Teddy

    I think the governor should pick the most famous woman for the job.

    January 16, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. make sure it's another neo-con zionist, patterson!

    otherwise your days will be numbered!

    January 16, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. make sure it's another neo-con zionist, patterson!

    or your days will be numbered!

    January 16, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Shane


    January 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. AndyL

    It's going to take someone with a pretty big behind to fill that seat

    January 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. believe

    caroline would be a great choice.

    January 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. karen-Phoenix

    Caroline!!! Caroline!!! Caroline!!! She's highly educated and has worked for the school in NY for years. She also has given her family and their lives to this country!!! JUST TRY HER!!!

    January 16, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Rick

    And who will it be, wanta make a guess.......Keeeeeeenndey

    January 16, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Breaking News

    Patterson has NO credibility.He himself was not elected,but was placed in his position by a pervert.

    January 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. dustymills

    What is distrubing about Governers Paterson's comment is that his interest in this appointment appears to be solely related to popularity. Senator Clinton's replacement should be based on who is not only best suited for the job, but who can do the most for the people of New York. Governor Paterson is looking out for his own political future which should not be criteria for filling this important Senate seat.

    January 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. chuck


    January 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Please not Slitheren, not Slitheren. Oops, not Kennedy, not Kennedy.

    January 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Life-long Democrat

    This stinks. It had not better be Kennedy. I now take more ownership of who represents us regardless of the state. I come from the State of Minnesota and it's apparent that those who represent other states can have a great affect on the country as a whole; that when Barney Frank heads the banking committee his negligence affects every tax payer. I do not want the senator from New York to be given a position because of his or her name with no experience to speak of. Especially if they support all of the long-standing senators that have been there, whether a democrat or republican, and have so neglected their responsibilities that the taxpayer is now looking a years of debt because they did not do their jobs. This has got to stop. I encourage all New Yorkers to let Governor Patterson know that you will only support someone that has the experience to do this job, i.e., to represent the taxpayer.

    January 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. jrzshor

    obama owes kennedy

    patterson selects kennedy

    kennedy owes patterson, hence

    obama owes patterson.


    ya gotta love it. it's the best sport known.

    January 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. SC

    I just have a feeling it will be Kirsten Gillibrand. She is a real up-and-comer and would be a solid pick, and upstate (Albany area) to boot.

    January 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Dem

    Ignore the polls and pick who can help out in 2 yrs.
    How about let's go with someone who has 'some' friggin experience, and not just riding on her daddy's coat tail.

    January 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. BB

    Dems are no different than the Repubs – they all want to be elected and re-elected. DEAL WITH IT ALL OF YOU.

    January 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    no henney's need in the senator

    January 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Citizen from NY

    Return that $52K rug that you put in the Governor's Mansion, Patterson!

    January 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. empty people voted for an empty suit

    Chelsea Clinton for Senator, it uh, uh, uh, uh makes the most sense.

    Actually the "messiah" is putting heat on Paterson to pick Caroline "you know" Kennedy as payback for her being part and parcel to him being annointed President.

    If Paterson doesn't, Ted "the swimmer" Kennedy is not going to be happy.

    Don't worry though, it is in the bag, doesn't matter that she uh, uh, uh is a dolt, she can raise money and "you know" has a famous last name.

    She and Obama can turn a simple conversation into a fillibuster with all of the uh, uh, uh, uh um, um, um's thrown in.

    "But Bush can't speak either......................................... and they went to Hahvard so that makes them smaht...................."

    People with BDS, he is gone in three days, whaddya going to do then?

    January 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. LG

    He'll probably pick Cuomo, his biggest rival in the next governor's race. Either way, Cuomo or Kennedy would be fine. Kennedy has taken a beating for not being qualified, but she is just as much as Clinton was...and Clinton did a great job.

    January 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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