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While Obama has taken a few prominent Democrats from the Senate to fill his cabinet, the junior senator from the state of New York Hillary Rodham Clinton may prove to be the hardest senator for a governor to replace. The reason for this is the fact that two political dynasties in the Democratic Party are apparently interested in her now vacant senate seat.

The Kennedy’s and the Cuomo’s both have an eye on filling Hillary’s seat, specifically Caroline Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo. The person appointed to fill that seat will be chosen by New York Governor David Paterson a lifelong Democrat. The reason that this appointment will be so important to Governor Paterson is that it could well determine his political future. This means that person best suited for the position may not actually get it.

Andrew Cuomo, the son of former N.Y. Governor Mario Cuomo has been mentioned as a possible appointee to fill Mrs. Clintons N.Y. senate seat. He has served under Bill Clinton as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001. He also served under N.Y. city mayor David Dinkins as the chairman of the New York City Homeless Commission. Although he lost his bid for Governor of the state of New York in 2002, he was elected the Attorney General for the state of New York in 2006. While there is reportedly some scandal concerning Andrew Cuomo and the current credit crisis he has a solid resume of experience in New York state politics and service to its residents.

Caroline Kennedy the daughter and only surviving child of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy has been rumored to want the senate seat vacated by Mrs. Clinton to. Caroline Kennedy is a member of the New York and D.C. bar associations. She is a member of the Commission of Presidential Debates, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She was an early supporter of Obama for the Democratic Party Nomination and in the general election as well. While she does come from one of the greatest political dynasties in the political arena she really has virtually no experience in public service.

As I said the appointment to fill the Clinton senate seat will most likely come down to can or will further Governor Paterson’s political future beyond his Governorship. While this is indeed unfortunate that it would be decided along that line it may well work out in favor of the citizens of New York anyway. The Cuomo’s have a history of serving the people of the great state of New York and Andrew Cuomo does have experience in public service. That coupled with the fact the Cuomo dynasty is firmly entrenched in New York and its politics, while the Kennedy Dynasty is more firmly rooted in Massachusetts and its politics. With any luck the seat will fall to Andrew Cuomo as I believe they can do more for Paterson in his home state of New York.

That is all for now, but I will be back again tomorrow. Have a good day my friends, CIAO4NOW!!!!!


With any luck Andrew Cuomo will get the seat. There have been enough Kennedy's in public office.

December 17, 2008 at 10:31 PM  

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