January 22, 2009

JFK daughter drops bid to replace Clinton in Senate

Posted: 08:22 AM ET

Caroline Kennedy has given up her bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.

In a one-line statement citing personal reasons, the widely considered front-runner said Thursday she told New York Gov. David Paterson a day earlier that she was no longer interested in the job.

"I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate."

The statement, provided by Kennedy's press person Stefan Friedman, was issued after hours of divergent reports Wednesday evening.


Do you agree with her decision?  Leave a comment and get the discussion started!

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Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 22nd, 2009 7:02 pm ET


I have to wonder what her mother would of thought about her getting into politics? Jackie worked so hard to keep them out of the limelight and so on.

Im pleased she has decided to withdraw. Its whats right for her!! and for Mom!!

lillian from nj   January 22nd, 2009 8:15 pm ET

I'm sorry she withdrew..Andrew Cuomo is "mouthy" negative things about former Gov Pataki & Pres. Obama before he was elected..Mario Cuomo is a class act !,,tomorrow we'll hear Gov Paterson's choice ....

Judith   January 22nd, 2009 8:28 pm ET

I love the Kennedys.Maybe the reason that Caroline drop out was because it was on the news she didn't pay some taxes along with having an illegal working for her.I'm sure when she was vetted maybe the Gov knew after she told him.I also read that at times she didn't vote.She came from a family of Politics and maybe one day she will do something on that order and serve the people if that is her calling.

Tamara   January 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET


Caroline probably got a heads up that she was not getting pick and wanted to withdraw before the announcement were made. She made the right decesion.

maryez   January 22nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Well when your personal reason is your having a affair, she should drop out. Her brother called his cousins, "poster boys for bad behavior" , well apparently his sister is a "poster girl for bad behavior"

Luis in Laredo   January 22nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I think she decided to be "elected ",in the future, by the people instead of being "appointed."

Janet   January 23rd, 2009 12:54 am ET

It isn't really a question on whether or not she did the right thing. She obviously did what she felt was the right thing for her and her family. Out of all the Kennedy's, she has always been so very private, perhaps she got a little taste of how life was going to be had she gone through with it, and like her mother, wanted to keep her family out of that type of spot.

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