Another Senator Kennedy?


There are a lot of names being bandied about as replacements for HRC in the Senate, should she be confirmed as Secretary of State. ABC News is reporting that Caroline Kennedy has been asked by Gov. Paterson if she has any interest in stepping into the role.

A Democrat who would know tells ABC News that New York governor David Paterson has talked to Caroline Kennedy about taking the seat, which was once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy. It’s not exactly shocking that Paterson would reach out to one of the most highly respected public figures in New York, but this is: Sources say Kennedy is considering it, and has not ruled out coming to Washington to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.

A few years ago, the famously private Caroline Kennedy would be the last Kennedy expected to serve in Congress, but of course, she took on a much more high-profile role during the presidential campaign and, if she does it, would be more than New York’s junior Senator; she’d have closer ties to the Obama White House than any of her colleagues, a direct line to the East Wing.

When Robert Kennedy, Jr. took himself out of the running for the seat earlier this week, he told Jonathan Hicks of the New York Times, “Caroline Kennedy would be the perfect choice if she would agree to it.” And one more thing: We hear that President-elect Obama has made it clear that he thinks Caroline Kennedy would be a great choice.

But Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter tells us, “President-elect Obama has a very high regard for Caroline Kennedy. But, he has not spoken with Governor Paterson or Caroline Kennedy about the race, and has no involvement in this process.”



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • Caroline Kennedy’s resume (from wikipedia):
    B.A. from Harvard University
    J.D. from Columbia Law School
    Wrote two books with Ellen Alderman:
    * In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights In Action (1990)
    * The Right to Privacy (1995)
    Edited several books, wrote one on the Kennedy family.
    Currently President of the Kennedy Library Foundation, a director of both the Commission on Presidential Debates and the

    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Honorary Chairman of the American Ballet Theatre. She is also an adviser to

    the Harvard Institute of Politics, a living memorial to her father.

    The Senate would not only be getting another Kennedy and all the stuff that goes along with that but also Jackie’s

    daughter, A girl raised at arms length fromt he rest of the clan. She would probably be the first Kennedy to serve in the

    Senate or House who has not been to rehab since Bobby back in 1968. She would be great, if s

  • ladyfresshh

    i hope so. I really really really hope so.
    I hope so, so much so i don’t want to think too hard about it in case she doesn’t.

  • scott

    Today the NYT is reporting that Teddy is lobbying for Caroline. I would have thought she would be able to get the job on her own merits. Maybe if she gets the job she can work on bringing the luster back to the family name.

  • scott

    Now it looks like Caroline is serious. I guess the Kennedy entitlement gene finally kicked in. In the NYT today, Caroline appears to be campaigning for the job and when a reporter asked her what her qualifications are, an aide stepped in and stopped her from answering.