Meet the NY Dems Who Want Clinton's Seat

Cuomo brings fundraising advantage, but should Paterson pick a woman?
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2008 12:08 PM CST
Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks after President-elect Barack Obama introduced her as his choice for secretary of state during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel December 1, 2008 in Chicago, Ill.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton’s secretary of state nomination has left New York Democrats jockeying for her New York senate seat—and gives Gov. David Paterson a little personal political leverage. Though he hasn’t indicated whom he will appoint, the Washington Post lists some key factors and candidates:

  • There is pressure to replace Clinton with a woman. Strong candidates include Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Clinton-esque centrist, and Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, a more conservative “blue dog” from Albany.

  • Picking a Latino candidate would shore up support for Paterson’s own re-election. Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Adolfo Carrion, the Bronx borough president, are contenders.
  • Selecting someone from upstate New York would give Paterson a re-election boost, too; likely candidates include Gillibrand, Rep. Brian Higgins and Buffalo mayor Byron Brown.
  • The appointee will probably have to run for re-election in 2010 and again in 2012, so must be a strong fundraiser. That suggests Attorney General Andrew Cuomo; if Paterson chose him he’d have the added bonus of removing a potential gubernatorial rival.