Caroline Kennedy Out … Enter Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand as Gov Paterson’s Pick to Fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate Seat


It seemed that Caroline Kennedy was the odds on favorite to fill the Senate seat vacated Caroline_kennedy1by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Then suddenly Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name as speculation arose. The New York Post is reporting that according to a source close to Governor Paterson, Caroline Kennedy never had a shot due to issue over taxes, her nanny and possibly her marriage. We knew something was not right with Caroline’s abrupt withdrawal announcement.

In the end it turns out that Caroline was not ready for Prime Time.” As Hot Air stated, they counted at least 7 trail theories floated as the reason for why she quit. So much for Camelot III, over before it ever began.

Kennedy was “mired in some potentially embarrassing personal issues,” the source said, citing tax liabilities and worker compensation liabilities connected to the employment of a nanny.

The source also said the state of her marriage may have presented a problem as well.

“She has a tax problem that came up in the vetting and a potential nanny issue,” the source said. “And reporters are starting to look at her marriage more closely,” the source continued, refusing to provide any specifics.

Ted Kennedy’s Circle Upset by Caroline’s Awkward Exit

With Caroline Kennedy’s departure from consideration, it appears that New York Kirsten GillibrandGovernor David A. Paterson is ready to make his pick. It is being reported by WPIX that Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand will be Paterson’s choice to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. Personally, I would have thought Paterson would have gone with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Although there is pressure to fill Clinton’s seat with another woman. The Gillibrand choice is already causing the LEFT to go nuts as Kirsten Gillibrand is a supporter of the NRA, heaven forbid.

One of the contenders, long-term Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney canceled a scheduled appearance on “PIX News Closeup” Friday because of a “conflict,” which she did not disclose. She too will be in Albany. According to the sources, Gillibrand, now in her second congressional term, is favored by Secretary of State Clinton herself. Paterson has been under pressure to select a woman.
With most Democratic leaders in Albany coming from the New York City area, one source said this would be an important move for the Governor to have a Senator from upstate. Sources say Gillibrand, a blue-dog Democrat and a good fundraiser,  would be an asset to Paterson in any bid for election in 2010.


It’s official, Kirsten Gillibrand is the new junior Senator from New York.

A note to the LEFT, every one who runs or gets picked for a position in the Democratic party does not have to be a bed-wetting liberal. I thought your party was supposed to be one big tent, not a monolith of moonbats. News Busters asks whether the MS will label incoming NY Senator as ‘Maverick Democrat?’

The big question now is if Gillibrand will be “educated” by Senate Democrats to change her views to become more liberal or will she continue to irk them by being a maverick? According to NewsDay, Gillibrand didn’t “moderate” her views after she won her Congressional seat.

The surprising – and, for many Democrats shocking – decision to pick the conservative Gillibrand, 42, from Hudson in Columbia County, was disclosed by the governor in calls to party officials and some members of the state’s congressional delegation, many of whom said they were unhappy with the selection, sources said.


Gov. Paterson rapped Caroline Kennedy at a private event the night before he tapped Kirsten Gillibrand for the Senate, telling guests Kennedy had been “nasty” to him and shown “disrespect” with how she bowed out, attendees told The Post.

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Caroline Kennedy Out … Enter Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand as Gov Paterson’s Pick to Fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate Seat”

    1. Mary UK on January 23rd, 2009 4:17 am

      Common sense prevails!!!!

    2. Rusty Bridges on January 23rd, 2009 7:33 am

      “potentially embarrasing issues”? That hasn’t stopped the Obama seats from being filled.

    3. Richard on January 23rd, 2009 9:00 am

      Princess Caroline has a tax issue? Surely that isn’t relevant … after all, she’s a celebrity.

      Since when do celebrities have to abide by the same laws as the ‘little people’? Oh, icky-poo!

      It’s distressing to read that the governor was “under pressure to appoint a woman” … pressure from whom? Shouldn’t the real issue be appointing the best person?

      But, after all, Hillary isn’t available now.

      At least Ms. Gillespie is from upstate New York, and, according to the article, is a Blue Dog Democrat. This group might take on a great deal of importance in ensuring that the administration doesn’t go hog-wild in handing out cash and loan guarantees to anyone and everyone.

      Apropos of which, The Wall Street Journal yesterday had an interesting article on how certain politicians, such as Barney Frank, had their input on which banks got assistance.

      Once again … what it boils down to is, in many instances … who you know.

      (Hard to believe, isn’t it?)

    4. Richard on January 23rd, 2009 9:01 am

      Gillibrand, not Gillespie … mea culpa.

    5. wg on January 23rd, 2009 10:12 am

      I think there is a new double standard.

      Why aren’t tax or household help problems a reason to eliminate men in this administration?

      Tim Geithner, he had all these ‘problems’ while working for the Fed, and it’s ok that he’s taking a leadership position at the IRS?

      Why haven’t there been any serious investigations into the banking and mortgage failures? Maybe there are some serious Congressional links that need to be investigated? Terror links?

      Rangel, that’s another mystery.

      What happened to obeying the ‘rule of law’ in Washington? A new class of players, or a continuation of a class of political players that are above the law? Laws do not apply to them? Only the little people that have to pay taxes? Visit with the IRS?

      Maybe everyone can get a Rangel or Geithner deal? All those Chicago people that visit the casinos in Aruba, maybe they get special deals to?

      Kings dream or a nightmare for America? The return of Jim Crow and segregation?

      How will America ever be a rainbow if some hold press conferences for just the ‘black media’ on their whistlestop tour of America? I’m not even sure that really happened. If it did, I am greatly disappointed.

      Is this a new version of the Jim Crow rules of change in action?

      my opinions

    6. super dave on January 23rd, 2009 10:23 am

      maybe caroline didn’t like the idea of our tax dollars beung used to murder babies on an international scale.

    7. 11B40 on January 23rd, 2009 12:10 pm


      Are we sure that Governor Paterson is really blind? I mean we know he likes the “ladies” based on his admitted history. Kirsten vs. Caroline seems to me to be a no-brainer.

      What is it with the Kennedys? The men seem to be good-looking, but the women, yuck + big time yuck. When you have that much money and can’t look any better than the Kennedy women do, something is seriously wrong in the genes. I think that, instead of Princess Caroline, we should be calling her America’s Camilla.

    8. brian on January 23rd, 2009 11:07 pm

      Looks like the media didn’t get who they wanted so they are ripping Paterson as “incompetent”.

      The primadonna didn’t get her crown and now Paterson’s a bad guy? Hardly.

      We can read between the lines NYTs and New Republic. You want to see a clown, look in the mirror.

      Great selection Paterson.

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