New York, Dec.8 (ANI): New York Governor David A. Paterson apparently seems disinclined to nominate Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former US President John F. Kennedy, for the New York Senate to be vacated by soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
A source close to the governor said that the odds of Kennedy taking the US Senate are no better than 20-1.
"It looks to me like [Caroline cousin's] Bobby Kennedy may be trying to push Caroline more than Caroline is pushing herself," a Paterson administration source told the New York Post, while responding to news that Senator Ted Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and other family members have been pushing hard for Caroline to replace Clinton.
Paterson, who confirmed Friday that he had discussed the Senate job with Caroline, was described as "liking and respecting" the last remaining child of former President John F. Kennedy, as well as seeing her as an "enormous potential drawer" of contributions to his own planned campaign for governor in 2010.
But the governor, who has the sole authority to name a new senator, was also said to be concerned that Kennedy, whom friends call "quiet and non-assertive," doesn't have the personality to be an aggressive fighter in the Senate on behalf of the state's increasingly desperate need for federal financial help.
"The bottom-line question is: Can Caroline Kennedy by the tough, hard, calculating, aggressive, articulate and, yes, obnoxious type of senator New York needs and expects?" said a second administration insider.
Among others candidates said to be more likely chosen by the governor are Attorney General Andrew Cuomo or either US Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan or Kirsten Gillibrand of Hudson, a favorite of the state's senior senator, Charles Schumer.
Administration insiders insist that Paterson is many weeks away from making a decision, since Senator Clinton says she won't resign until confirmed to the new office, which can't happen until President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in January 20.
A Democratic source said Clinton would be dead-set against seeing Caroline take her seat.
"Why would she want to see that seat go to someone who essentially double-crossed her?" the source said, noting the Kennedy family's endorsement of Obama in the primary. (ANI)