Hillary Clinton’s Senate Replacement Announced

January 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — At noon today, Friday, New York governor David Paterson, will appoint ‘conservative’ Democratic NY Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton’s vacant US Senate seat. Gillibrand was the first Democrat elected to upstate NY’s 20th district since 1978 and the first woman to hold the seat.

This ‘conservative’ choice is apparently not going over well with some Democratic leaders, who aren’t impressed that Gillibrand voted against the economic rescue package and is a known supporter of the NRA.

But, Rev. Al Sharpton did bring up some reasons why Gillibrand is a ‘good’ choice in a chat with Fox News. She’ll draw into the fold conservative Dems who are powerful in upstate NY. The lefty rev said:

“I think politically it will help the governor, it will help the team. She will do some things for them upstate…look what happened in Virginia. Conservative democrats are winning so politically it might be a plus.”

With that mystery solved the governor is bound to face questions, on why did the perceived front-runner Caroline Kennedy abruptly announce she was no longer interested in the job?

Kennedy’s midnight announcement earlier this week and the mudslinging it triggered between her supporters and the governor’s aides are certain to dominate the questioning today when Paterson introduces New York’s new senator in Albany this morning.

Kennedy’s withdrawal came on the same day Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state, clearing the way for Paterson to name her successor.

After Kennedy’s last-second withdrawal, the governor’s office leaked that Paterson had no intention of appointing Kennedy to the job and suggested that her chances had been derailed by a background check that uncovered tax issues and a “potential nanny problem.”

Kennedy’s spokesman issued a statement decrying the “mudslinging”: “Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name for consideration from the United States Senate for personal reasons. Any statements to the contrary are false.”

Kennedy’s statement shortly after midnight Thursday said only that she could not accept a Senate appointment because of “personal reasons.” Even with the growing controversy, she has declined to say anything publicly or offer a more detailed explanation.


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