I Don't Have to Pick Caroline: Paterson

'She’s just another person. So what? Her name is Kennedy'
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2009 2:15 PM CST
New York Gov. David Paterson speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Caroline Kennedy has told Paterson that she's interested in the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by...   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Not so fast, Caroline Kennedy: Your lack of elected-office experience “does not help” your bid to replace Hillary Clinton, warns the man who will decide your congressional fate. Gov. David Paterson said there are “10 to 15 good candidates” to fill New York’s open Senate seat, and scolded the media for obsessing over one person, the Buffalo News reports.

“The notion that I have to take Caroline is not coming from me,” Paterson said, prompting a Democratic consultant to theorize that his tough talk means “he’s telling people that it’s his decision and he doesn’t like being pushed around.” Another operative speculated, “He’s done nothing but weaken her during the process—maybe that’s because he really doesn’t want her.”