Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reports: Caroline withdraws; statement to come tonight

NY papers are reporting Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her name from consideration to fill the Senate seat vacated today when Hillary Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State.

A NY Times story begins - - -

Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, according to a person told of her decision.

On Wednesday she called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her concerns about Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s deteriorating health (he was hospitalized after suffering a seizure during President Obama’s inaugural lunch on Tuesday ) prompted her decision to withdraw, this person said.

Coping with her uncle’s condition was her most important priority, a situation not conducive to starting a high profile public job.

Ms. Kennedy believed that the job was hers if she would accept it, the person said.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Paterson had no immediate comment.

Ms. Kennedy was planning to issue a statement on Wednesday evening.

The rest of the Times' story's here.

I'll await a statement from Kennedy before saying more.

Hat tips: cks & GPrestonian


Anonymous said...

How ironic the excuse that is being abndied about for Ms. Kennedy's withdrawal. The reason for her seeking the seat was to carry on the Kennedy legacy in the Senate (which presupposes that her uncle's poor health would not impede her taking on such an onerous task as representing the citizens of New York). But now, her uncle's condidtion is the reason why taking the seat is out of the question. It is so nice to know that double speak is alive and well.

Anonymous said...

Wait ... New York newspapers are reporting? As in the MSM? Where are the bloggers?? Why didn't they break the news? Aren't they supposed to be the "new journalism." Gosh, John, I'm surprised you didn't break this one. I mean, from what you say often on this blog, professional journalists are not necessary. Imagine my shock (horror?) to see you linking to those untrustworthy scoundrels in the MSM!

GPrestonian said...

LOL, what a soap opera:

Person close to Kennedy decision: She's in race

Anonymous said...

To the 10.57:
The MSM frequently breaks the news, but then they begin their interpretation and spin. It's at that point that bloggers begin performing a public service formerly accomplished by dedicated and professional reporters. You obviously are an apologist for MSM so it's likely you have never removed the blindfold from your eyes to see the bias and bigotry that drives MSM today.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

I wonder how mawkish Ellen Goodman and other Lefty columnists will get over Kennedy's non-anointment as Senator from Camelot.

"Oh, what might have been if some Kennedy magic dust were spread across the Empire State!"

Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle, "You're no Jack Kennedy." Well, there is no JFK among the third generation of this family. They are mostly drug addicts and mediocrities whose political fortunes are fueled by a cult of dreamers who seek to be the subjects of an American royal family.

It is pathetic that she was ever taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

The NY Times has a rather interesting account of the Kennedy decision. On the one hand there is the suggestion that there was some problem about a housekeeper's employment that would disqualify her and then later in the article there is the suggestion that some family matter - not the illness of her uncle - which led her to call Patterson and withdraw her name for the Senate position. I suppose that, like with many of the Kennedy soap operas, the real story will never emerge. However, the good news for the citizens of New York is that they will have someone other than a poster child for inarticulateness and indecisiveness.

Anonymous said...

The New York Times left our one little tidbit which may have been the real deal breaker - rumors that she was having an affair with the publisher of the Times. Oh how sweet!