Three New York newspapers all published stories Sunday after interviewing Kennedy a day earlier at a diner in her upper East Side neighborhood of New York City.
The New York Daily News painted Kennedy as defiant, quoting her saying she would not be beholden to anyone. The New York Post cast the daughter of President John Kennedy and holder to the Camelot myth in warmer familial tones with headline saying her kids and husband are all aboard a run for the Senate and President-elect Barack Obama is encouraging her.
But The New York Times said while Kennedy is forceful, she remains elusive, and noted that she never answered directly whether she would actually run in an election for the Senate seat if she weren’t appointed first.
Caroline Kennedy, right, listens to a reporter’s question along with Mayor Byron Brown during a news conference at City Hall in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. Caroline Kennedy finally made public her desire to carry on her famous family’s legacy, reaching out to a handful of political leaders Wednesday in an effort to win support for her quest to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate.(AP Photo/Don Heupel)
Kennedy said she did think it would be easier for her to hold a campaign of sorts as a way for the public to get to know her before she gets selected by Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, who is likely to join the Obama administration as its secretary of state.
” I think that actually a campaign would be an easier way, because I think it would give me a chance to explain exactly what I’m doing, why I would want to do this, and, you know, and get people to know me better,” she said.
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Caroline Kennedy Has “Nothing to Say”
A defiant Caroline Kennedy says she “wouldn’t be beholden to anybody” – including Mayor Bloomberg – if she’s picked to become New York‘s next U.S. senator.
“I’m really coming into this as somebody who isn’t, you know, part of the system, who obviously, you know, stands for the values of, you know, the Democratic Party,” Kennedy told the Daily News Saturday during a wide-ranging interview.
“I know how important it is to, you know, to be my own person. And, you know, and that would be obviously true with my relationship with the mayor.”
Kennedy, sipping on peppermint tea at an upper East Side diner, was responding to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who said she could be more beholden to Bloomberg than Gov. Paterson, who will make the Senate appointment.
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Kennedy: Failing The Audition
But a strange thing is happening on the way to the coronation. The wheels of the bandwagon are coming off. Fantasy is giving way to inescapable truth.
That truth is that Kennedy is not ready for the job and doesn’t deserve it. Somebody who loves her should tell her.
Her quest is becoming a cringe-inducing experience, as painful to watch as it must be to endure. Because she is the only survivor of that dreamy time nearly 50 years ago, she remains an iconic figure. But in the last few days, her mini-campaign has proved she has little to offer New Yorkers except her name.
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