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RFK Won’t Go to D.C., Says ‘Send Caroline’ He saw a Senate seat and explained why not
New York Magazine ^ | Dec 5, 2008 | By Jacob Gershman

Posted on 12/06/2008 3:12:17 PM PST by COUNTrecount

Sentimental New York Democrats were rooting for Governor Paterson to appoint Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate seat his father once held. But Kennedy’s not interested. “It was a heart-wrenching decision, and it occupied me throughout Thanksgiving with my family, with Teddy,” he says. “It’s not a good time for me to move to Washington, because I have a large and young family. They’re all in school.” That’s expensive—though not as pricey as holding on to the seat. “Against formidable opponents, most likely Peter King and possibly Rudy Giuliani, to defend the seat, I’m assuming it’s going to cost $30 million,” he says. “That means $60 million in four years.” Instead, “I’m urging my cousin Caroline to take it, because I think she would be fantastic,” he says. “I sent her a note; I haven’t heard back from her. She’ll be a huge force in the Senate.” Any other ideas? “Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand,” he suggests. What about his ex-brother-in-law, Andrew Cuomo? “I would leave those considerations to Governor Paterson,” Kennedy says.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; carolinekennedy; clinton; kennedyfamily; kennedys; ny2008; rfk; rfkjr
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1 posted on 12/06/2008 3:12:17 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Is there a special election in ‘10 for this seat, or would the nominee serve the remaining 4 yrs?


2 posted on 12/06/2008 3:14:18 PM PST by Boiling Pots (Anthony Kennedy: The 2nd most important person in Government 2009-2013. Pray for his good health.)
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To: Boiling Pots

He knows he is not qualified for a real job.


3 posted on 12/06/2008 3:15:22 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of wafarin)
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To: COUNTrecount

Boy, these people act like royalty, just assuming their family should be the anointed ones.


4 posted on 12/06/2008 3:15:56 PM PST by Azzurri
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To: COUNTrecount

WOW! I never thought I’d see the day a Kennedy would turn down anything political. But it’s possible that there are too many skeletons in the closet to uncover.


5 posted on 12/06/2008 3:16:24 PM PST by shiva
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To: COUNTrecount

I love the hypocrisy of the left, some candidates mentioned to replace Hillary are minority candidates, now why would Caroline want to prevent a black or hispanic from making history as a NY Senator? doesn’t seem very fair does it? I think she should withdraw her name and give a chance to someone who didn’t have the many advantages she had growing up. :snark:


6 posted on 12/06/2008 3:16:58 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: bert

“He knows he is not qualified for a real job.”

Neither is Caroline Kennedy. But being a Kennedy means you don’t have to have qualified. It’s kind of an entitlement thing.


7 posted on 12/06/2008 3:17:04 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy got DIVORCED??


8 posted on 12/06/2008 3:17:40 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: shiva

RFK Jr. was convicted on drug charges years ago. And to listen to him talk, I think he was a heavy marijuana user, and that drugs affected his brain. Both the content of what he says and his speaking voice are off kilter.


9 posted on 12/06/2008 3:18:15 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Ann Archy

Yes, and I think in the Clinton/Kennedy feud the Cuomo’s have sided with the Clintons.


10 posted on 12/06/2008 3:19:47 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: Ballygrl

Caroline wrote a book extolling Public Schools and when Imus asked her if she sent her OWN kids to public schools she was so taken back that Imus had to answer for her...”Of course you don’t”!! I still remember where I was when I heard that! What a HYPOCRITE she is...and CLASSLESS.


11 posted on 12/06/2008 3:19:52 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: ought-six

Just wait a few years, and Chelsea Clinton will be old enough to be a Senator.

Bill said that Chelsea has the best political skills in the family. She was basically eye candy in her mom’s presidential campaign, but, she would start out with some big advantages and name recognition if she ever wanted to go into politics herself.


12 posted on 12/06/2008 3:20:05 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: COUNTrecount
Caroline's qualified for the Senate because she's a Kennedy;

Palin's not qualified to be Veep, because she's only been a mayor and governor.

13 posted on 12/06/2008 3:20:20 PM PST by TexasNative2000
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To: COUNTrecount

I wonder why The Family didn’t consider Maria Shriver Schwarzenneger??


14 posted on 12/06/2008 3:21:02 PM PST by Palladin (Obama on Ayers: "He's just a guy in my neighborhood." LIAR!!!)
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To: Ann Archy

I love it when liberals are publically called on their hypocrisy :).


15 posted on 12/06/2008 3:21:30 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: Azzurri

Agree Our representatives are too pompous and in for too long. 2 or 3 terms and they should be out. AND NO FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE ALREADY ELECTED. They all act like Kings and Queens.


16 posted on 12/06/2008 3:24:21 PM PST by Exton1
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To: shiva

I think RFK Jr figures that he can run for some other spot whenever he wants to, but that this is Caroline’s best shot at a Senate seat. I think RKF wants to horde more money working for various fake non-profits and he figures it’s all the same as long as a fellow Kennedy gets the job. These noxiously self-important and entitled Kennedys make me sick. I’m not wild about Mario or Andrew Cuomo, but Andrew Cuomo certainly deserves the Senate seat more than Caroline, who just shows up at benefits and makes platitudinous speeches about her father’s legacy and her mother’s favorite freaking poems or some such nonsense. What a bunch of losers are the people who actually root for any of the disfunctional Kennedy clan.


17 posted on 12/06/2008 3:25:17 PM PST by utahagen
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To: Ann Archy
Where have you been? Several years ago, when Andrew Cuomo lost his run for Governor, Kerry Kennedy had an affair and dumped him. She's a user and she used Andrew Cuomo and discarded him when he didn't live up to her expectations. Kerry Kennedy is the worst in a bunch of bad apples.
18 posted on 12/06/2008 3:27:31 PM PST by utahagen
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To: Boiling Pots

Special election, meaning having to run in ‘10.


19 posted on 12/06/2008 3:27:44 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: shiva
He's sufficiently self-aware to know he couldn't stand up to the scrutiny and accountability.
20 posted on 12/06/2008 3:28:42 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: shiva
Well he is turning it down in favor of SoE. Course he isn't saying that, but the O has already said he wants him.

I'd rather see him a Senator!

21 posted on 12/06/2008 3:29:11 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Bill said that Chelsea has the best political skills in the family. She was basically eye candy in her mom’s presidential campaign.

Please tell us you're legally blind. /s

22 posted on 12/06/2008 3:29:33 PM PST by Oratam
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To: gidget7

Go Peter King (Giuliani will suffice too).

Liberal Republicans in hard left wing states are OK with me.


23 posted on 12/06/2008 3:29:51 PM PST by Boiling Pots (Anthony Kennedy: The 2nd most important person in Government 2009-2013. Pray for his good health.)
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To: COUNTrecount

okay so the party that constantly complained that Sarah Palin didn’t have enough experience is sendind someone to the seanate with zip-zero-zilch experience.


24 posted on 12/06/2008 3:30:00 PM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: COUNTrecount

Kennedy’s harshest public thrashing to date, however, came from one of his closest colleagues, Riverkeeper founder Robert Boyle. Along with seven other Riverkeeper board members, Boyle resigned in 2000 after Kennedy insisted upon hiring a convicted environmental felon as the group’s chief scientist. At the time, Boyle told the New York Post that Kennedy “is very reckless,” and added that “[h]e’s assumed an arrogance above his intellectual stature.”


25 posted on 12/06/2008 3:31:22 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: utahagen
I think RKF wants to horde more money working for various fake non-profits and he figures it’s all the same as long as a fellow Kennedy gets the job.

Plus a Senator has access to lots of information about the economy and what's happening in the world -- data that would be very valuable to anybody managing large investments.

26 posted on 12/06/2008 3:31:35 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (Question O-thority)
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To: Exton1
Here here! Word is Kennedy wants his wife appointed when he steps down. Talk about unqualified!
27 posted on 12/06/2008 3:32:24 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: Ann Archy
Today, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg seems to have negotiated a happy compromise between celebrity and anonymity.

She lives with her husband and three children in a spacious apartment on Park Avenue and in a shingled weekend house on Long Island, near the Hamptons.

She walks her daughters a few blocks to Brearley, the private girls' school she also attended and where she sits on the board of trustees.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/conv/230.htm

IIRC she was instrumental in a disasterous headmistress appointment at Brearley.

And it's a long walk from Park to Brearley. I am certain they did NOT walk.

28 posted on 12/06/2008 3:34:25 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Boiling Pots
King is only liberal on very few issues. He is a die hard conservative on others.
29 posted on 12/06/2008 3:35:30 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: COUNTrecount

You mean because her name is Kennedy.

Oh please, enough of the Kennedys.


30 posted on 12/06/2008 3:37:56 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Maybe we will luck out , and this is the last we will see of the Chappaquidik Crew.

They need a generation to regroup and breed.

31 posted on 12/06/2008 3:38:46 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: shiva

He sees how rich and powerful Al Gore Junior is getting without being in office. Why would he want to be burdened to be 1 of 100?


32 posted on 12/06/2008 3:39:06 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

” She was basically eye candy in her mom’s presidential campaign....”

Eye candy? She is one of the most unattractive young women I have ever seen in my life.


33 posted on 12/06/2008 3:39:11 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: utahagen
Kerry Kennedy? Now there's a name that screams "worst of both worlds."
34 posted on 12/06/2008 3:41:18 PM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: Azzurri
these people act like royalty, just assuming their family should be the anointed ones.

And that is how monarchies and aristochracies began. Give time, we to would end up with either a king or an emperor.

Remember the Dianamania here in the good ol' USofA.

De Peeepols uhm, err, you know, has spoke, an' I...I mean to say, they wants ME, so, uhh, you know, I is The One, regardless of what an old piece of Whitey parchment says!

35 posted on 12/06/2008 3:41:51 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: neverdem; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; Free ThinkerNY; ...

Rudy Giuliani would have a pretty good chance of winning, and Peter King would have an outside shot. Otherwise, I don’t see it happening in 2010.


36 posted on 12/06/2008 3:42:03 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Thank God. We’ve been spared another rotten apple off of that tree.


37 posted on 12/06/2008 3:42:29 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: Oratam

I meant to say that Chelsea was just there, she didn’t talk to the news media or the people much if at all. She’s sorta attractive but to each his own if you don’t think so.

I was trying to say that she was just there to be seen but didn’t do much else in her mom’s campaign.


38 posted on 12/06/2008 3:42:50 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: COUNTrecount
RFK is a idiot. If he didn't have Kennedy as a last name NO ONE would be listening. He was and is wrong on the environment and global warming. And just what does Caroline know other than being related to Ted. They all left Robert and John's ideas a long time ago and aren't even a small resemblance to them. Their ideology is pure Teddy liberalism and taxation. If that gov has any good sense he will chose Rudy.
39 posted on 12/06/2008 3:43:29 PM PST by Kadanne (Truth and integrity in America, where did it all go?)
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To: gidget7

God bless him, I hope he wins, I like him.


40 posted on 12/06/2008 3:44:06 PM PST by Boiling Pots (Anthony Kennedy: The 2nd most important person in Government 2009-2013. Pray for his good health.)
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To: NonValueAdded
You want to hear a bad combo of names? I remember when Kerry Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo’s triplets were born and were given the last name “KennedyCuomo” — that's right: all one word, no space, capital “C” in the middle of the name. I don't know if they actually use such a stupid last name now, but the fact that Kerry Kennedy wanted that to be their last name, shows how dreadful she is.
41 posted on 12/06/2008 3:46:16 PM PST by utahagen
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To: Dilbert San Diego

No offense meant, really. I just found “Chelsea” and “eye candy” in the same sentence too rich to pass up. Apparently in lefty circles, Chelsea has “star power!”


42 posted on 12/06/2008 3:46:36 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Ann Archy
Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy got DIVORCED??

Extremely.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-07-06-cuomo-tabloids_x.htm

43 posted on 12/06/2008 3:55:36 PM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: where PCP is not just for breakfast anymore.)
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To: TexasNative2000

One rule for Sarah Palin, another for Caroline Kennedy

MSNBC, the host Chris Matthews is in full gush mode, (”We all want to be the protector of Caroline Kennedy”), as are most of his guests. When I last suggested that many Americans regarded the Kennedys as their de-facto royal family, some of our more emotional readers howled that this was just a fantasy peddled by the left-wing media.

Well, dream on. The common consensus among New York politics observers is that, as the state enters probably some of the most difficult years in its history, the job is hers for the taking. New York likes its celebrity politicians - cf Mrs Clinton - but glossing over the lack of relevant experience on the Kennedy CV so soon after trashing Sarah Palin for the same weakness seems a mite like double standards.

Matthews has just conceded that the Kennedy thing is “almost like royalty”.

http://tinyurl.com/5vrqwu

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/28075595#28075595

Kennedy for Senate?

Dec. 5: A Hardball panel talks about the possibility of Caroline Kennedy replacing Hillary Clinton in the Senate representing New York.


44 posted on 12/06/2008 4:05:39 PM PST by kcvl
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To: COUNTrecount

It’s hard to get rid of a cockroach infestation.


45 posted on 12/06/2008 4:06:11 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ($750 billion is nothing - surrender your children, wealth and gold fillings now to avoid the rush.)
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To: COUNTrecount

When he talks he sounds like he’s drowning slowly. I’m glad he’s staying home with the kiddees.

Now for Caroline. Holy JoeScarbrough,you know what this means? If she is half way competent and gets her sea legs she may very well be the Dem. nominee in 2016. Doesn’t make a difference if Obama wins or loses a second term, I don’t think an old Joe Biden would want the nomination. Caroline in 2016? Allah help us.


46 posted on 12/06/2008 4:08:51 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: Boiling Pots; gidget7
Is there a special election in ‘10 for this seat, or would the nominee serve the remaining 4 yrs?

I believe that the special election would be for the remainder of the term. In this case expiring in 2012. An appointment is until a special election or at the latest the next state general election.

47 posted on 12/06/2008 4:09:24 PM PST by byteback
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To: shiva
Nailed it. No need to rerun all his drug bellyflops and other disasters.
48 posted on 12/06/2008 4:11:09 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: COUNTrecount

These people talk about the sacred trust and PRIVILEGE to be a high government official as if they were trading old 1970s baseball cards. How elitist and disgusting. This has nothing to do with representative democracy and all about ruling and overlording to selfishly and narcissitically get one’s psychological rocks off.


49 posted on 12/06/2008 4:21:13 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Shouldn't we form "Committees of Correspondence" thru Freepmail & V-Cards if FR is to be shut down?)
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To: gidget7

“Here here! Word is Kennedy wants his wife appointed when he steps down. Talk about unqualified!”

Two things. Fatboy won’t step down. Also,if Miss Vicki wants to fill Teddy’s seat she better bring the checkbook to Beacon Hill.The rats in the State House and some of the Congressional delegation are drooling to move up. It will cost her plenty if she wants it.


50 posted on 12/06/2008 4:25:41 PM PST by GQuagmire ( A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.)
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