Reports: Caroline Drops Out
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 6:27 PM CST
In this 1999 file photo, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton receives the Arts Advocacy Award from Caroline Kennedy during the National Arts Awards.   (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)

(Newser) – Caroline Kennedy has removed her name from contention to fill the Senate seat of Hillary Clinton, reports the New York Times. Kennedy called Gov. Paterson today to withdraw her name, citing concerns over the health of her uncle Ted, an anonymous insider told the Times. The New York Post also says she's out, though other media reports are less sure.

Neither Kennedy nor Paterson has commented publicly. The Post, also citing anonymous sources, says Kennedy withdrew when she learned that the governor was not going to pick her. The Daily News, meanwhile, notes that none of Kennedy's confidantes seemed to know of the development. Paterson has said he would name his choice by Saturday.

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Jan 21, 2009 10:34 PM CST
Oh, please. CK knows that she won't be picked because her gross incompetence came to light. She would rather quit than be passed over. Wow, CK. You've never had to battle for anything in your life and you still can't handle the potential of losing.
Jan 21, 2009 8:59 PM CST
She'll be passed... Just because you're a Kennedy doesn't mean you're automatically qualified for anything... You have to earn your wings.
Jan 21, 2009 8:57 PM CST
King, don't go back there, please... You've been outstanding, as of late...