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01-21-09, 11:00 PM #1
Caroline Kennedy ends Senate bid
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Caroline Kennedy told New York Gov. David Paterson she is withdrawing from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, the New York Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.
Kennedy, the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, has never held public office but launched an unusual public campaign to replace Clinton, who has been chosen by President Barack Obama to be secretary of state.
01-22-09, 08:27 PM #2
Afraid of those skeletons in her closet maybe?
Caroline Kennedy faced tax 'problem' and nanny issue, says source close to Gov. David Paterson
ALBANY - Caroline Kennedy, who stunningly quit her push for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, is dealing with a "tax problem and a potential nanny issue," a source close to Gov. Paterson said Thursday.
"She was facing some potentially embarrassing personal issues" that came up during the vetting process, the source said, adding that the governor had decided she was not up to the job anyway.
Kennedy cited "personal reasons" when she released a terse one-sentence statement announcing she was quitting her Senate bid.
A source close to Kennedy insists she quit because her husband, Edward Schlossberg, decided he didn't want her to move to Washington.
"He basically said it would destroy the marriage if she moved to D.C.," said the source, who spoke to Kennedy and Schlossberg Thursday.
In a round of interviews several weeks ago, Kennedy said her family supported her Senate bid and denied her marriage was on the rocks.
The source close to her said, as it appeared Paterson could choose her in the next few days, Scholssberg became increasingly uncomfortable.
"He's kind of a controlling guy and I think they've [been] doing the same thing for many years and he's comfortable with that," the source said.
Meanwhile, those close to Paterson and Kennedy's political inner circle had diametrically opposite views about what led to her withdrawal.
The source from the Paterson camp was particularly harsh, saying that the governor was not planning to choose her for the Senate seat, despite his recent public remarks indicating he was impressed her after the two met in his office.
"The governor had no intention of picking her because it was clear she wasn't ready for prime time after her botched rollout," the source said. "The events of the last day just prove why he wasn't going to pick her."
The source said Kennedy called Paterson Wednesday, saying she was feeling "unsure" and "overwhelmed" about her candidacy and asked for 24 hours to think things over. "She never mentioned withdrawing," the source said.
After even her own people couldn't reach her for hours, Kennedy called Paterson last night at 11 p.m. and apologized for "being missing in action and said she would be issuing a statement saying she is still in contention."
An hour later, without telling the governor, she released the statement saying she was withdrawing her name from consideration, the source said.
"It came as a shock to us," the source said. "That was the first we learned of her intention to withdraw."
An aide to Kennedy said Kennedy had "every indication that things were going well" in her bid for the Senate on Wednesday. A host of Democrats have said the same thing.
Sometime in the early to mid afternoon, Kennedy "became aware of a personal situation that was occurring. It had nothing to do with" her sick uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy.
The aide wouldn't say what the personal matter was.
"She called the governor to inform him she was not going to be able to take the job, particularly one that comes with such enormous responsibility."
The governor "graciously" told Kennedy to take 24 hours to think about it, which she agreed to do, the source said.
Shortly afterwards, word began spreading that she was pulling out, the Kennedy aide said. Kennedy spent the evening thinking about what to do and finally called the governor late last night to say she decided to pull out. "She thanked him for his time," the aide said.
Kennedy spent part of today reaching out to supporters and New York elected officials to thank them for their consideration.
The source close to Kennedy said he expects Ted Kennedy is saddened that she won't be serving in the Senate, particularly in the seat that once belonged to Robert F. Kennedy.
"He's very close with her and he would have loved to serve with her," the source said.
01-22-09, 08:47 PM #3
Its not the skeletons in her closet, she just cant seem to raise enough money to buy the post."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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