Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Caroline Kennedy Withdraws US Senate Bid

Caroline Kennedy informed New York Governor David Paterson that she is withdrawing from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the US Senate. The daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, has never held public office prior, but launched an unusual public campaign to replace Clinton. Hillary Clinton was sworn in as President Barack Obama's secretary of state and immediately afterward resigned from the Senate.

The New York governor's office made no immediate comment and a spokesman for Kennedy could not be reached. Paterson had said he would wait until Clinton resigns from the Senate before naming a replacement.

The New York Times reported that Caroline Kennedy's decision to withdraw was prompted by concerns about the health of her uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, who was hospitalized after a seizure during an inaugural lunch for Barack Obama.

Kennedy's withdrawal would leave New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as the favorite for the job. Cuomo is a former cabinet secretary under President Bill Clinton and the son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. The New York Times said Paterson is expected to announce the position on Saturday.

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