Caroline Kennedy to Seek Hillary Clinton’s Senate Seat

December 15, 2008

New York (ChattahBox) — Looks like Caroline Kennedy, will seek the U.S. Senate seat from New York about to be vacated by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gov. David Paterson confirms. Paterson said Monday:

“She told me she was interested in the position. It’s not a campaign. She’d like at some point to sit down.”

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer also confirmed at a news conference this afternoon: “I’ve talked to Caroline Kennedy and she’s clearly interested” .

Before this year, Kennedy generally limited her forays into the public sphere to nonpartisan activity, penning books on civil liberties and serving as the de facto guardian of her father’s legacy. This year though she has stepped up as a community and political activist who was vocal in her support of Barack Obama’s candidacy.  Should the senate appointment go through, Kennedy would be entering a political path that has long enticed much of her large family. Her uncle, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, is the nation’s longest-serving senator (since 1962), while another uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, served as U.S. Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968 – while he was running for president. Kennedy, now 51, was only 3 when she moved into the White House with her family, in 1961. Her father, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963.

There are a slew of high-profile candidates for Clinton’s Senate seat, including New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, whose last name carries some star power of its own New York, where his father was once governor, and former star of The Nanny, Fran Drescher.


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