Caroline Kennedy: Withdraws Senate Bid … Is She Back in Now? Nope, Back out For Good


She’s Out, she’s in, she’s back out.

A funny thing happened on the way to Caroline Kennedy’s entitled coronation as NY Caroline_kennedy1Senator … it didn’t happen.

Yesterday Caroline Kennedy ended her US Senate bid to replace Hillary Clinton as the junior Senator of NY. Kennedy stated it was forpersonal reasons”; however, The New York Post suggests it was because she learned she was not going to be picked as Senator.

Does this mean that Republicans will be playing “Nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, goodbye…” like Obama supporters did for GWB?

Caroline Kennedy last night withdrew from consideration to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton – just two months after she rocked the New York political landscape by throwing her hat in the ring, The Post has learned.

“I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate,” Kennedy said in a statement released hours after the Post first broke the story.

New York Gov. David Paterson recently said on Tuesday in a statement that Andrew Cuomo was being considered for the position. Was that what caused Kennedy’s sudden decision? As Hot Air suggest, one would hardly think that Caroline Kennedy would stay in a race she was not going to win especially after making it so public that she wanted the job. The New York Senate seat of Caroline Kennedy’s to lose as it was all but a foregone conclusion with the Obama-Kennedy ties that Caroline would become the junior Senator.

What ultimately did Caroline Kennedy in for the Senate seat …ENTITLEMENT! As Jamie Wearing Fool called it, Coronation Interrupted: Caroline Kennedy, Um, You Know, Withdraws

UPDATE I: Hold the phone there has been a change of mind, Caroline Kennedy remains in the contest for Hillary’s Senate seat. Breitbart is reporting that a person close to Caroline Kennedy decision says, “She’s in the race”. However, the spokespersons are silent. Caroline Kennedy waffling on a decision as to whether she wants to run for the Senate seat? Hell, maybe she is Senate material after all.

After wavering briefly, Caroline Kennedy renewed her determination Wednesday to win appointment to the U.S. Senate seat once held by her slain uncle, Bobby Kennedy, a person close to the decision said.

MSNBC also reported that a person close to Kennedy denied that she was out of the running.

Spokesmen for Caroline Kennedy and for Gov. David Paterson, who will make the appointment to fill the Clinton seat, wouldn’t comment.

UPDATE II: Wait, She is Out Again … Caroline Kennedy confirms she has withdrawn from contest.

Posted January 22, 2009 by
Bizarre, Government, Politics, WTF | 10 comments

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    10 Responses to “Caroline Kennedy: Withdraws Senate Bid … Is She Back in Now? Nope, Back out For Good”

    1. Rusty Bridges on January 22nd, 2009 8:53 am

      Maybe she wants Teddys spot? Oh yeah, I just went there!

    2. Sharon Chicago on January 22nd, 2009 9:51 am

      I am glad she did that she is not qualified.

    3. Richard on January 22nd, 2009 9:53 am

      I’m sure that Princess Caroline is in high pique; how dare people not bow down to her? She has money, she has a famous name, she has (I imagine) the endorsements of all the Hollywood types…

      …what more can be asked of a politician? Isn’t she ENTITLED to be appointed?

      One hopes the Democrats won’t create some special advisory commission as a vehicle for her to get into office later on.

      Meanwhile, the Connecticut Democratic Party has called on Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent, to APOLOGIZE. In writing.

      It seems that during the campaign, he raised questions about President Obama’s readiness to govern.

      The temerity of it all … raising questions about the Democratic candidate! A written apology isn’t enough, in my opinion; people who think they have the right to free speech deserve a public whipping.

      (Seems like the Dems aren’t asking Chris Dodd to apologize. You know, the Connecticut senator who got the sweetheart mortgages from Countrywide, and who promised to release the mortgage documents and still hasn’t done so.

      There are apologies and apologies, I guess….)

    4. R.L.Haley on January 22nd, 2009 1:26 pm

      “um yah know I just dont feel the need to you know tell,yah know….how much money I really have ,yah know? But my dad was President!”

    5. columbo on January 22nd, 2009 6:04 pm

      too many nanny issues…….

    6. Greg on January 22nd, 2009 7:32 pm

      Pay your taxes, and hire legal aliens to clean your mansion. I do feel that NY Governor Paterson’s office ratting her out after she withdrew was bad politics from a bad politician.

      Would Caroline Kennedy been a good senator?

    7. Mon on January 22nd, 2009 9:10 pm

      Obviously something was discovered about Caroline which would prove to be less than flattering, and eliminate her from consideration.
      Withdrawing for “personal reasons” is just a convenient way out.

    8. Richard on January 22nd, 2009 11:01 pm

      This just came out … all that I can say is, thank God she withdrew! Like Obama or not, he did it on his own, with no inherited fortune or public recognition (as far as I know). And two years ago, the media told us that the nominees would be Hillary and Giuliani.

      Now, of course, they are rushing to fawn all over the new president whom they wrote off. Obama overcame incredible odds, in the true tradition of the American ‘little guy’ who ‘came from behind.’

      Nobody can deny him that, and I say so as a man who did not vote for him. Whereas Princess Caroline’s only assets were … an inherited fortune, a famous name, and the acceptance of celebrities. Paris Hilton can say the same.

      Kennedy’s withdrawal creates a political mystery
      January 22, 1009
      Associated Press

      ALBANY, N.Y. – Caroline Kennedy’s mysteriously abrupt decision to abandon her Senate bid gave rise to an ugly swirl of accusations Thursday and feverish speculation over whether she jumped or was pushed.

      The 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy was widely considered a front-runner for the Senate seat until she sent a midnight e-mail to reporters and Gov. David Paterson saying she was withdrawing for what she described only as personal reasons.

      Even though many Democrats had thought Paterson was going to appoint Kennedy any day now, a person close to the governor said Thursday that Paterson had no intention of picking her because he believed she handled herself poorly in introducing herself as a candidate.

      The person also said there were concerns about possible tax problems for Kennedy, a potential “nanny problem” involving a housekeeper, and media rumors that her marriage was on the rocks. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he said he wasn’t authorized to speak for the governor, would not elaborate.

      Kennedy spokesman Stefan Friedman would not detail her reasons for withdrawing, but complained: “This kind of mudslinging demeans that process and all those involved.”

      The state tax department said it could not find any problems with Kennedy’s tax records. In a December interview, she denied she had any “nannygate” problem and said that her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, was very supportive and that they lived together with their children.

      In recent weeks, the media gossip Web site Gawker and Vanity Fair have published rumors that Kennedy’s marriage was in trouble.

      On Thursday, Paterson issued a statement in which he said Kennedy’s decision “was hers alone,” and he added that no information gathered during the selection process “created a necessity for any candidate to withdraw.” He is expected to announce his choice for the Senate on Friday.

      Kennedy’s withdrawal unfolded in almost comically chaotic fashion.

      She called the governor around midday Wednesday and told him she was having second thoughts about the job, the person close to Paterson said. After several hours in which the governor’s staff could not find her to discuss the matter, she told the governor she would remain in contention, the person said. Then, an hour later, came the midnight e-mail.

      People close to the governor were clearly angry at Kennedy over the confusion.

      “The question is, did she jump or was she pushed?” said Maurice Carroll of the Quinnipiac University poll.

      A person close to Kennedy denied her “personal reasons” were concerns about the health of her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, who is suffering from a cancerous brain tumor discovered last summer. The person wasn’t authorized to disclose the conversation between Kennedy and the governor and spoke on condition of anonymity.

      It has been known for months that the prognosis was grave.

      “I don’t think it was Sen. Kennedy’s health, because that doesn’t seem to be anything that’s changed dramatically,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College poll that tracks New York politics. “I think that it may have been that she found out that she was going to be rejected and was given the option to avoid. She may have found the process increasingly dissatisfying. And given that she has been a private person, the last few weeks weren’t pleasant.”

      “My guess,” Miringoff said, “is it was a combination of all of the above. But we don’t know.”

      Kennedy, an author, lawyer and fundraiser for New York City schools, was bitterly criticized in the past few weeks for holding reporters at bay during her early public forays, then was ridiculed for interviews in which she gave halting, rambling answers littered with “you know” and “um.”

      Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College, called Kennedy’s withdrawal “bizarre and ultimately embarrassing” to her and Paterson.

      Among those who are still said to be in the running for the Senate seat left vacant by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s appointment as secretary of state are New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand, Carolyn Maloney and Brian Higgins, and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi.

      Political scientist Gerald Benjamin of the State University of New York at New Paltz said Paterson may have simply been pressured by the party to go with a more experienced figure than Kennedy, who has never held office.

      “I think that Democrats in public life were resistant — and rightly so — to the pre-emption of a major prize by a person not `bloodied in the arena’ without an election,” Benjamin said, borrowing a line from Theodore Roosevelt.

      The seat was once held by Kennedy’s slain uncle, Bobby Kennedy. Her initial announcement that she wanted the seat was met with both excitement from supporters and skepticism from those who maintained that she was simply trading on her famous name.

      “I believe she’s made a prudent and wise decision,” said Robert McClure, a political science professor at Syracuse University. “This is a person, from all accounts, of talent, dedication and character. But I saw no evidence that she was prepared for the public life that the high office of U.S. senator requires.”

      But don’t count her out of politics.

      “She’s got an aura that, it seems to me, can be polished up better than most of us,” he said. “She could still be a formidable political opponent.”

    9. scott on January 23rd, 2009 6:28 am

      Reports that she is homosexual were going to come about and still may come about.

    10. Sharon Chicago on January 23rd, 2009 12:24 pm

      Scott…I thought it was having an affair with someone who is from the hill and it was male…I forgot his name…

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