Will Caroline Kennedy Bring Another Piece of Camelot to the Senate?

  • Print.

Rumors are hot that New York Gov. David Paterson spoke to the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy about filling the senate seat once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy.

Caroline Kennedy, a 1988 Columbia Law School graduate, is considering replacing Sen. Hillary Clinton, according to ABC News’ The Note blog. Kennedy would join her uncle, Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, in serving under President-elect Barack Obama, who has drawn numerous comparisons to her late father throughout his campaign for the presidency.

The ABC News blog also mentions that earlier this week, Robert Kennedy Jr. told Jonathon Hicks of the New York Times that “Caroline Kennedy would be the perfect choice if she would agree to do it.”

Neither Obama nor Kennedy has publicly commented on the issue. Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter told ABC News, “President-elect Obama has a very high regard for Caroline Kennedy. But he has not spoken with Governor Paterson or Caroline Kennedy about the race and has no involvement in this process.”

Paterson’s office denied the report on Friday, according to FOX News.

“The governor has not yet reached out to any potential candidates,” Paterson spokesman Errol Cockfield said in a written statement to the news service. “He has been approached by several candidates. Any discussions related to that selection are private and the governor will not comment about speculation before a decision is made.”

Related coverage:

Washington Post: “Barack Obama, Camelot’s New Knight”

Give us feedback, share a story tip or update, or report an error.