Word has it that Caroline Kennedy is interested in Hillary Clinton’s NY Senate seat when Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State. I was hoping that Bobby, Jr. might be interested in the seat, but apparently he is not:
As a prominent member of the Kennedy clan, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is the kind of high-profile, historic figure who could overshadow many other New York politicians hoping to be Paterson’s choice.
The governor has said he is in no rush to make a decision, and Clinton is not giving up the seat before she is confirmed as President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
“The governor has not yet reached out to any potential candidates,” said Paterson’s spokesman, Errol Cockfield. “He has been approached by several candidates. Any discussions related to that selection are private and the governor will not comment about speculation before a decision is made.”
Word of the conversation comes days after Kennedy’s cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., announced he was not interested in the job — a move that sidesteps any messy interfamily competition.
Whoever Paterson appoints would serve for two years and then have to run in a special election in 2010, along with Paterson and New York‘s senior senator, Charles Schumer. The candidate would then have to run again in 2012.
There are others possibly interested in Clinton’s seat as well, including New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Tom Suozzi, a Long Island elected official and several “House members in the running, including Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Kirsten Gillibrand, Steve Israel, Brian Higgins, Nydia Velazquez and Jerrold Nadler.”