Wednesday, January 21, 2009

NEWSFLASH! Lady Caroline Kennedy drops out!!!

Lady Caroline, Kennedy Duchess of the Hamptons and Hyannis, has withdrawn. The aristocrat cited "personal reasons" for her withdrawal. (The New York Times, The New York Post and MSNBC are among the sources for this story.)

Who is the front-running now? -Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Attorney General son of the former governor, Mario Cuomo. Yes, he is another political dynasty member. But he does have a full resume, as opposed to a nearly empty one (as in Lady Caroline), and has a public record of his policy positions (again, unlike the mystery surrounding Lady Caroline, until gave a public response to a limited number of questions.

Who deserves Hilary Clinton's former senate seat? One of the most qualified and having true liberal bona fides: Carolyn Maloney. Maloney has a sound record on lunch bucket issues of working families of New York State (specifically, representing parts of Manhattan and Queens).

A superimpressive progressive would be former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman (representing Brooklyn and Queens from 1973 to 1981). Holtzman more recently is remembered as a former district attorney of Kings County (more widely known as Brooklyn).

Alas, it is quite likely that Gov. David Paterson will give the seat to Cuomo. It would behoove him to appoint Cuomo, so as to eliminate a major opponent to his 2010 election campaign.

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