Reports: Caroline Drops Out

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2009 6:27 PM CST

(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.


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)
In this April 20, 2008, file photo, Barack Obama laughs with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa.   (AP Photo)
In this Dec. 17, 2008, file photo, Caroline Kennedy listens to a reporter's question in Buffalo.   (AP Photo)
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