Resistance is starting to break out openly among Democratic officials against the U.S. Senate candidacy of Caroline Kennedy, according to The New York Times, and Gov. David Paterson is “bristling” over the notion that her appointment is a done deal.
The governor is frustrated by the arrogance of some of her advisers, the paper reported in Tuesday’s edition, while other Democrats fear that Kennedy is nothing more than a tool of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The frustration may have been triggered by the Times itself. Paterson was particularly irked by a story last week that a key Bloomberg aide had pressured a labor leader to get on the Kennedy bandwagon, The Times reports.
“You have people going around saying, ‘Oh yeah, it’s a done deal,’ ” the paper quoted one of Paterson’s unnamed advisers. “The quickest way to not get something you want is to step into somebody’s face.”
The paper did hint that its own story may be a signal from Paterson to fellow Democrats so that he could regain control over what’s become a national political story with ramifications far outside of New York. Paterson will be the one choosing the next occupant of Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. If he doesn’t appear to be in control, it could damage his own political future.
Some Democrats also appear to be miffed that Kennedy has “waffled” over whether she would support a Democrat in New York City’s next mayoral campaign. Several notable Democrats have spoken out against Kennedy, and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver joined them on Tuesday.
Silver praised several other potential appointees to the Senate seat, including Andrew Cuomo, the attorney general. If Paterson picks Cuomo, the Legislature would be responsible for choosing his successor, and Silver would have the most influence over that choice.
“If I were the governor, I would look and question whether this (Kennedy) is the appointment I would want to make, whether her first obligation might be to the mayor of the City of New York rather than the governor who would be appointing her," Silver said during an interview on WGDJ, an Albany radio station.
A spokeswoman for Kennedy declined to comment to the Times.
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