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NY Gov. Paterson Hammered By Media Over Kennedy Fiasco

January 28, 2009

People, and that means voters, can tell when they got a bad deal….

Ask Rod Blagojevich or the people of Illinois….

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 Governors Gone Wild: Paterson Cancels Swiss Ski Trip, Blago On TV, Arnold Stands Tall

 Should Illinois and New York Voters Be Pleased With Their Governor’s Appointments to the U.S. Senate?

New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen ... 
New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, picked Kirsten Gillibrand, a relative unknown on the political scene, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Chris Hondros)

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(CBS) Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Criticism of Gov. David Paterson’s handling of the Caroline Kennedy fiasco continued unabated Tuesday.

“I’m going to address this issue for the last time,” Paterson said.

Slim chance. With the New York Post comparing his ability to tell the truth to Pinocchio, Paterson was on the hot seat again Tuesday over his administration’s handling of Kennedy.

“I had nothing to do with any of the negative characterizations of any of the candidates, particularly Caroline Kennedy,” Paterson said.

But reporters — some of whom had received calls from “sources close to the governor” attacking Kennedy — peppered the beleaguered governor with questions about the leaks. He was also asked if he would give lie detector tests to his staff.

“I’m not going to hunt down scurrilous rumors,” Paterson said.

After just eight minutes of the tough grilling the governor stalked out of the room with reporters left still asking questions.

“Are you going to apologize to Caroline Kennedy?” one reporter asked.

The furor detracted from the new Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s brief swearing in, where she promised to uphold the constitution.

The controversy has caused the governor’s popularity to plummet.

Read the rest:
http://wcbstv.com/politics/governor.paterso
n.caroline.2.919409.html

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is seen with Vice President ... 
The long and the short of it: Kirsten Gillibrand becomes the Senator from New York;  seen with Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, before a mock swearing in ceremony..(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Governors Gone Wild: Paterson Cancels Swiss Ski Trip, Blago On TV, Arnold Stands Tall

January 27, 2009

Just think for a moment about the three U.S. Governors most seen in the nationl media.

Governor Paterson of New York just passed up an opportunity to appoint Caroline Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, choosing instead a relative unknown House member supported by the NRA, Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

Paterson also just cancelled a trip funded by the taxpayers to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Perhaps it would be a better idea to go at another time,” Paterson said.  Or maybe never….

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is all over TV, apparently fighting to keep his hair from getting mussed in prison.  His impeachment trial opened monday in Illinois but that is just an opening: there is sure to be a criminal trial.

Blago also caused his Demoicratic Party some heartburn during his dramatic naming of a former Illinois notable to fill the vacant Senate seat of barack Obama.

Blagojevich
AP

In California, Arnold stands tall like a Redwood.

Governor Schwarzenegger has warned that the Golden State is on the brink of insolvency; yet he seems to be working like a dog and in a bipartisan way to make things better….

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From Reuters:
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“The prophets of doom and gloom are just not looking at the reality of California,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

“The government has created kind of a mess and that’s a problem to be solved, but the negatives are actually fairly small. I think you can expect a lot of good out of California,” he said.

The typically upbeat Schwarzenegger made international headlines this month when, instead of delivering his usual cheery “state of the state” speech, he issued a short, bleak message about California’s roughly $1.5 trillion economy.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090
126/us_nm/us_california_crisis_1

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BY KENNETH LOVETT IN ALBANY AND GLENN BLAIN IN HYDE PARK
NY  DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

A beleaguered Gov. Paterson pulled out of his Switzerland trip Monday as a new poll showed his once-huge lead over Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has virtually disappeared.

Paterson was planning to leave Thursday to attend and speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but said he decided to stay to concentrate on the state budget.

“Because of the deficit reduction and the desire to get it moving as soon as possible … perhaps it would be a better idea to go at another time … and stay right here with the leaders of the Legislature and work on the budget,” Paterson told reporters in Hyde Park, Dutchess County.

Some critics felt he should forgo the taxpayer-funded trip and stay in New York to deal with the $15.8 billion budget deficit.

Read the rest:
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/200
9/01/26/2009-01-26_governor_paterson_
cancels_trip_to_davos_.html

Should Illinois and New York Voters Be Pleased With Their Governor’s Appointments to the U.S. Senate?

January 24, 2009

Spare us the circus.  States should elect their U.S. Senators….

Two Governors recently made single-man selections of United States Senators — a practice voters should no longer tolerate.

Governors have the power to appoint “interim” Senators in cases such as when a seated and elected Senator’s dies.  But in each of these cases, there seems to have been ample time and reason to hold special elections to allow the people to decide who they wanted representing them in the United States Senate….

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 Rethink Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats

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By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

The departure of four Democratic senators this year has cast a new — and at times, unflattering — light on governors and their power to fill Senate vacancies.

While governors must call a special election to replace members of the House who resign or die before their term is up, 38 states allow governors the sole power to appoint an interim senator, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

Just nine states require a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. In three other states — Hawaii, Utah and Wyoming — governors must select a candidate from a list of prospective appointees submitted by representatives of the departing incumbent’s political party.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference ... 
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 in Chicago, as the Illinois Senate prepares for a trial that could remove him from office.The two term Governor was impeached by the Illinois House on a wide array of offenses including criminal corruption and wasting taxpayers money. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Choosing a new senator has led to considerable drama for the four governors tasked with doing so this year. All have weathered some level of opprobrium for their choices or for how they handled the selection, with one — Rod Blagojevich of Illinois — facing criminal charges for trying to barter President Barack Obama‘s former seat for cash and favors.

“Politically, the choices made by the governors so far have been pretty odd,” said Seth Masket, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver.

Most recently, New York Gov. David Paterson engaged in a messy, drawn-out effort to name a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s secretary of state. The process was largely dominated by a high-profile lobbying campaign by Caroline Kennedy, the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy hoping to win the nod.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090124/a
p_on_el_se/appointing_senators

New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen ... 
New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen state congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a relative unknown on the political scene, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, US media said Friday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Chris Hondros)

NY Gov’s Pick For Senate Causes Liberals To Howl

January 23, 2009

Gov. Paterson, defying the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, has chosen little-known, NRA-backed, upstate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as New York’s junior senator, it was learned last night.

New York Post

The surprising – and, for many Democrats shocking – decision to pick the conservative Gillibrand, 42, from Hudson in Columbia County, was disclosed by the governor in calls to party officials and some members of the state’s congressional delegation, many of whom said they were unhappy with the selection, sources said.

Read the rest:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/01232009/news/politics/
dave_picks_gillibrand_as_liberal_dems_ho_151502.htm

The governor of New York has chosen state congresswoman Kirsten ... 
The governor of New York has chosen state congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a relative unknown on the political scene, pictured here in 2007, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, US media said Friday.(AFP/File/Mannie Garcia)

New York’s New Senator: Not Kennedy

January 23, 2009

Democratic congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is the New York governor‘s pick to fill Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s vacate Senate seat.

An aide to the governor tells The Associated Press that the 42-year-old Gillibrand will be named by Gov. David Paterson on Friday. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made.

By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press Writer

Gillibrand (JIL’-uh-brand) was a dark horse, lacking the name recognition of Caroline Kennedy, who withdrew her candidacy, or even the seniority of other New York representatives vying for the job.

But she is a proven vote-getter in her sprawling eastern New York district. She picked off an entrenched Republican incumbent in 2006 and cruised to re-election last year.

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Gov. David A. Paterson has selected Representative Kirsten Gillibrand, a 42-year-old congresswoman from upstate who is known for bold political moves and centrist policy positions, to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a person who spoke to the governor early Friday.

The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/2
4/nyregion/24senator.html?_r=1&hp

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Caroline Kennedy “Mired In Tax Trouble, Empoloyee Problem and Marriage”

January 22, 2009

Caroline Kennedy, widely believed to have been a contender for the vacant U.S. Senate seat in New York once held by Hillary Clinton, removed herself from consideration last night due to “tax trouble and an employee problem,” according to sources close to the situation.

A source to the New York Post said Kennedy was  “mired” in an issue over taxes, her nanny and possibly her marriage.

Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff is said to be angry because Caroline seemed to be using his illness as her excuse.

The New York Times, for instance, wrote in its Thursday morning edition: “The person who spoke with Ms. Kennedy said she cited concerns about the health of her uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who suffers from brain cancer and was hospitalized after a seizure Tuesday, as the reason for her abrupt withdrawal.”

Time Magazine said, “He is crazy about her. He encouraged her” in her bid for the Senate seat, one close associate says of Ted Kennedy’s relationship with his niece. “But using him as an excuse, as though things were on the downward spiral, is not going to be O.K. with him … This will get in the way of health reform” – by suggesting that a key legislator involved in putting the bill together may be incapacitated.

TIME:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/2009
0122/us_time/08599187332800

Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore wrote for the New York Times Thursday that “Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate, a person close to Gov. David A. Paterson said on Thursday, in an account at odds with Ms. Kennedy’s own description of her reasons for withdrawing.”

Ms. Kennedy’s employee problem, known to involve a housekeeper, is believed to include tax irregularities and withholding for an alien.

Interestingly, President Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary nominee has admitted to tax problems already….

Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy F. Geithner told the Senate Committee considering his nomination that the nonpayment of payroll taxes in the three years he was at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2004 “were careless mistakes. They were avoidable mistakes. But they were unintentional. I should have been more careful.”

Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee ...
Fool Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be US Treasury Secretary at the Dirksen Senate office Building in Washington, DC. Geithner apologized Wednesday over past tax transgressions….  He wants to run the IRS so he can make sure you pay your taxes….”I was careless”….(AFP/Mandel Ngan)

He remains the nominee for Secretary of the Treasury.

In 2004,  President Bush’s choice for Secretary of Homeland Security, Bernard Kerik, was forced to withdraw himself from consideration for the post when it was revealed that he had employed an illegal alien nanny and failed to withhold taxes from her paycheck. The former New York City police commissioner would have been responsible for enforcing the immigration laws he violated had he been confirmed by the Senate.

Kerik was not the first cabinet appointee to be derailed by violations of immigration and tax laws. President Clinton’s first two choices for Attorney General, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, and President Bush’s first choice for Secretary of Labor, Linda Chavez, were scuttled by revelations that they had employed illegal immigrants in clear violation of the federal laws they would be required to enforce in those jobs.

Read the entire New York Times report:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/nyr
egion/23caroline.html?_r=2&hp

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/
22/caroline.kennedy.withdraws/index.html

Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/0
1/22/pub-kennedys-exit-senate-race-boost
s-cuomos-candidacy/

The Associated Press made a report which included this:

Kennedy jumped to the top of statewide polls in early December, but her public support waned following a brief upstate tour and a few press interviews.

She was criticized as reluctant to answer questions, and her knowledge of New York and its issues were suspect. She was also mocked nationwide for her frequent use of “you know” and “um” in interviews and was branded a lackluster campaigner.

The Kennedy reports came hours after Rep. Carolyn Maloney, some Democrats’ top choice, was named chair of the Joint Economic Committee in Congress. That’s a significant move because Paterson had made it clear the next senator’s top job should be to help land a federal stimulus package to help New York out of its historic fiscal crisis.

Read the entire article:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/a
p_on_el_se/caroline_kennedy_32

From The New York Post:

In a stunning revelation, a source close to Gov. David Paterson insisted this afternoon that the governor “had no intention” of picking Caroline Kennedy for New York’s vacant senate seat – because she was “mired” in an issue over taxes, her nanny and possibly her marriage.

Kennedy was “mired in some potentially embarrassing personal issues,” the source said, citing tax liabilities and worker compensation liabilities connected to the employment of a nanny.

The source also said the state of her marriage may have presented a problem as well.

“She has a tax problem that came up in the vetting and a potential nanny issue,” the soruce said. “And reporters are starting to look at her marriage more closely,” the soruce continued, refusing to provide any specifics.

Read the rest:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/01222009/ne
ws/politics/carolines_kaput_151351.htm

In this Dec. 17, 2008 file photo, Caroline Kennedy, daughter ... 
In this Dec. 17, 2008 file photo, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at City Hall in Buffalo, N.Y. In a statement released early Thursday, Jan. 22 Kennedy says she told Gov. David Paterson that she is abandoning her attempt to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton for personal reasons.(AP Photo/Don Heupel, File)

Caroline Kennedy Quits Senate Bid; Any Blind Man Could See She was Wrong….

January 22, 2009

Caroline Kennedy announced early Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, startling the state’s political world after weeks in which she was considered a top contender for the post.

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and DANNY HAKIM
The New York Times

Ms. Kennedy on Wednesday called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, to inform him that she was no longer interested.

“I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate,” Ms. Kennedy said in a statement released by her public relations firm.

Ms. Kennedy did not elaborate, but a person who spoke to her suggested that her concerns about the health of her uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who suffers from brain cancer and was hospitalized after a seizure on Tuesday, contributed to her decision.

Ms. Kennedy believed that the job was hers if she would accept it, the person said, but aides to Mr. Paterson would not comment on whether that was true.

Her decision appeared to catch the governor off guard, throwing the Paterson administration into confusion and setting off conflicting news media reports. After frantic talks between the governor’s operation and Ms. Kennedy’s camp Wednesday evening, Ms. Kennedy appeared to waver on whether to withdraw, and was preparing a statement reasserting her interest in the job. But just after midnight, she decided to make clear she was taking her name out of consideration and released the statement saying so.

Ms. Kennedy declined to be interviewed.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/ny
region/22caroline.html?_r=1&hp

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Fare the well, Queen Caroline. Or, as us serfs like to put it: DLTDHYOTWO*!

*That’s “Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out” for those who do not rub elbows with the commoners.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/21/fare-thee-well-queen-caroline/

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CBS News said overnight that Governor Patterson of New York was preparing to name someone else to the vacant seat of Hillary Clinton so Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name.  There was also talk that Carolie felt compelled to spend more time with family, especialy her uncle Ted….

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The New York Post said, “State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who has polled higher than Kennedy in public-opinion surveys, was seen as rising on the list of possible replacements.”
Kennedy’s decision caught even some close to her by surprise, and there were conflicting versions last night of what transpired.

Sources close to Kennedy said she had decided to bow out for “personal” reasons.

But others said she made her move after it became clear Paterson wasn’t going to pick her for the seat.

Caroline “Certain” To Be New York Senator

January 19, 2009

“The next New York Senator is certain to be Caroline Kennedy…..This stuff with Paterson saying he’s looking at other people is a crock….”

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By Fred Dicker
The New York Post

DESPITE claims that he’s still undecided, Gov. Paterson is “certain” to pick Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US Senate, several unhappy contenders for the job have told friends and associates in recent days.

The contenders based their conclusion on the view that Paterson, after nearly two months of indecision, would “greatly embarrass” and “entirely humiliate” Kennedy, anger her prominent political family and even offend President-elect Barack Obama by picking someone other than President John F. Kennedy’s daughter.

As for the governor’s claim to be weighing a last-minute finalist, the contenders agree with a close Paterson friend who said, “It’s clear David is just trying to play mind games with the press.”

Some of the contenders warned, however, that the unelected Paterson, who must face the voters next year, could face a serious backlash from Democratic activists by choosing Kennedy, whose standing with the public, and with Democrats in particular, has been sliding in recent weeks.

US Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan, a would-be Clinton replacement who is backed by several women’s organizations, was the most publicly adamant in saying the fix was in, citing a scenario – first outlined in last week’s Village Voice – under which Paterson, in a deal with Mayor Bloomberg, a Kennedy friend, selects Kennedy in exchange for help for his own election bid next year.

Another potential candidate told The Post that he was convinced that Kennedy would get the job because Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, – who polls show is the public’s favorite to succeed Clinton – failed to line up the right replacement at the AG’s office.

“Andrew just couldn’t assure the governor that he could arrange for [Assembly Speaker Sheldon] Silver to provide an acceptable successor,” said the contender.

A third potential candidate claimed that Paterson’s repeated contention – told to the media in private – that there is no front-runner is “baloney.”

“It’s been a done deal from the start,” said the would-be candidate.

Read the rest:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/01192009/n
ews/columnists/caroline_the_certain_
pick_for_dave__riva_150822.htm

Andrew Cuomo favored over Caroline Kennedy for Senate

January 14, 2009
Caroline Kennedy was the early favorite, but a poll finds that New York voters now want Atty. Gen. Cuomo to take over Hillary Clinton’s seat.
By Michael Muskal
Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2009
New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo, the son of a former governor, is preferred by New Yorkers over Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of a former president, to be the next U.S. senator from the state, according to a poll released this morning.

Cuomo leads Kennedy 31% to 24%, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. The pair are among at least five candidates seeking appointment to the seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, nominated to become U.S. secretary of State.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/n
ation/la-na-cuomo-kennedy15-2009jan15,0
,5021149.story

Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg speaks at the fifth annual John ...

“Caroline Kennedy Got Breaks We Didn’t,” You Know?

January 8, 2009

Growing up in the White House the daughter of a respected President of the United States just might have its up side…

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By Andy Barr, Politico

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting softer press treatment in her pursuit of the New York Senate seat than Palin did as the GOP vice presidential nominee because of Kennedy’s social class.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope,” Palin told conservative filmmaker John Ziegler during an interview Monday for his upcoming documentary film, “How Obama Got Elected.” Excerpts from the interview were posted on YouTube Wednesday evening.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Palin said she remains subject to unfair press coverage of her and her family.

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Caroline with her Dad, JFK

“Is it political? Is it sexism?” she asked. “What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst in terms of gossip and lies?”

She observed that Katie Couric and Tina Fey have been “capitalizing on” and “exploiting” her.

“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen,” she said. “And I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don’t know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration. That’s a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society.”

Sarah Palin

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090
108/pl_politico/17217

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