Insiders: Cuomo Aide Putting Brakes on Kennedy Bid

NY's AG eying Clinton's Senate seat himself
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2009 7:29 AM CST
Caroline Kennedy, center, speaks with Save the Children volunteer Virginia Snead after an interview, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
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(Newser) – An aide to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been urging labor chiefs and upstate officials not to support Caroline Kennedy's Senate bid, insiders tell the New York Times. The aide—known as Cuomo's enforcer—is said to have questioned Kennedy's credentials and dropped broad hints that Cuomo himself wanted Hillary Clinton's seat.

"He said, ‘Don’t you think it should be someone who understands upstate? Don’t you think it should be someone with experience?" one source said. “They’ve been trying to feed people." A Cuomo spokesman strongly denied that the aide had been seeking to undermine Kennedy's Senate bid. Cuomo has said he's staying out of the running, although a recent poll of New Yorkers put him ahead of Kennedy 58% to 27%.