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. mike

    I hear Blago may be looking for a job.

    January 16, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. sharon

    There is lots of governing to do in NY for the next few years.I would think that an experienced candidate is needed at this time..not an apprentice(Kennedy).PE Obama said things will get worse until they get better. That should be your first clue.One has to hit the ground running..something I think Mrs. Kennedy is unable to do.At this point in time, I don't think the senate needs a seat warmer.


    January 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. sg

    I'm so glad I don't live in NY anymore! I bet she gets the seat. Obama owes the Kennedy's for their support over Hillary. Patterson seems like a puppet. Big time payback is coming.

    January 16, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Jeanine

    First of all, Gov. Paterson is not corrupt like the idiot in Illinois or the so-called governor of Alaska (she gave her future son-in-law (?) a job in which he was not qualified to have). Secondly, Caroline Kennedy does have experience (more than certain individuals). In case some of you have read or heard on the news, Andrew Cuomo, son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former husband of Caroline Kennedy's cousin (catch a pattern) is also running. Could it be that he wants the seat out of spite towards the Kennedy family? At least she has the heart to want the seat and I know that she will be a great senator following in the footsteps of her father, uncles and Hillary Clinton.

    January 16, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Ennis, LA

    Cuomo could easily trounce Patterson in a hard-fought primary
    for governor. Caroline Schlossberg or no.

    January 16, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Brad

    As a New Yorker, please not Caroline Kennedy. Time to end the age of the the Kennedys.

    January 16, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Charlie

    You know, I am a lib, so, qualifications or not , double standard or not, I must got this job, you know.

    January 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. aware

    Anyone but Caroline! 🙂

    January 16, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Fred C Dobbs

    Does it matter that Caroline Kennedy has failed to ever hold public office?

    Does it matter that she frequently has even failed to vote in a general election?

    Does it matter that she now holds the NY Times record for saying "you know" in a thirty minute interview?

    One wonders if a deal was struck for her & the uncle's endorsement – Barack Obama wins > offers a high level cabinet post to Hillary Clinton and Caroline is appointed to the senate seat vacated by Clinton. Think it couldn't happen in just that manner?

    January 16, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Antony

    Plizz...........give us Caroline Kennedy. Can you imagine Gov. Peterson and senator Caroline Kennedy in Newyork? Caroline is just good for our hearts!!!

    January 16, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Ommy

    This is NOT about serving the people of New York, this is all about the Kennedy ego.

    January 16, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. LaTanya

    It amazes me to read all the comments about wanting someone with all these qualifications. All the so called experts in Washington got us in the position we are in and they had all these QUALIFICATIONS. I say bring on Caroline Kennedy and some fresh blood. We need people in Washington that have LOGICAL thinking, which in my opinion is a lot better than all these QUALIFICATIONS that right now have America sinking.

    Most of you are right, Caroline Kennedy has money, power, position and she does not have to work a day in her life if she doesn't want to. But, she has said she is willing to get in there and do what it takes to help New York and the Country. The Kennedy Family have been a part of public service their whole lives, nearl all of them if not all serve the public in some way and Caroline leads the way.

    January 16, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. boered1

    I am continualy pleased reading all you people on this blog crying about "Qualifications" and some requirement to hold public office before oyu can be a federal representative 9including President) it simply shows that you never bothered to look at what our founding fathers wrote or the concept they had for this REPUBLIC (we are NOT a democracy and were NEVER intended to be one no matter what your third grade teached and the current president say!) The founding fathers spoke out about lifelong politicians. they specifically commented they wanted (Hancock is who I am paraphrasing now) Citizen Statesmen. Washington spoke often about the duty of AVERAGE CITIZENS to become representatives. Franklin openly worried that if we ever had career politicians we would lose the basis for our government. But you idiots cry that the person is not enough of a politician.. and then spend the rest of your lives whining about how Washington only listens to the lobbyist and does not hear the people.


    January 16, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Pat J

    NO KENNEDY! Cuomo YES, Caroline NO!

    January 16, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Karen- Change is coming

    Please let it be Caroline Kennedy... she's an outsider and she can work well for the citizens of New York. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    January 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Fitty Scents

    Hey folks let's look ahead to the 2012 and 2016 Pres. elections.

    Caroline would squash one Palin. If Barack doesn't run in 2012, Caroline could very well be the next Pres. America is now ready for the First Madame President.

    Has she had any marital infidelity??? She truly a great person for the Senate, and one day for the presidency. I am a republican, and I love Barack as president. Go Caroline!!!

    Hillary has conceded any future run for President, if not what a ticket Hillary/Caroline!!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Dems be dopes

    And the highest bidder is?

    January 16, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. DNY

    Picking Caroline Kennedy will prove to be polictical suicide for Patterson in 2 years. Andrew Cuomo will squash her or Patterson, whichever position he chooses to run in a primary for.

    January 16, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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