Thursday, December 18, 2008


NY Daily News - City Board of Elections records show Kennedy failed to vote in many elections since she last registered in the city in 1988 - including votes for the Senate seat she hopes to fill, and numerous Democratic face-offs for mayor. "It doesn't speak to a deep-felt commitment to the electoral process," Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio said when told of Kennedy's ballot breakdowns.

Records show Kennedy never pulled the lever for any of her fellow Democrats in city primary races for mayor in 1989, 1993 and 1997 and 2005, when Republicans won three out of four. She was also AWOL for the primary and general elections in 1994, when Sen. Patrick Moynihan was running for re-election to the seat Kennedy hopes to hold.

Aides to Kennedy - who said she was running in part because this is no time to "sit out" - conceded that at times the daughter of the late president has done just that.

A review by The News found that of the 38 contested elections since 1988, Kennedy skipped about half, almost all of them primaries.

WCBC- TV - Caroline Kennedy took a page from Hillary Clinton's playbook and began an upstate listening tour On Wednesday. The road trip included stops in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo to help convince Gov. David Paterson and voters she's the one to replace Clinton in the U.S. Senate. . .

The black SUV pulled up to Syracuse city hall Wednesday morning. It was stop one on Kennedy's upstate tour. But after meeting with Mayor Matt Driscoll, she ran into a buzz saw -- angry reporters who wanted her to do more talking and less listening.

"But you've never held public office so what experience [do you have]?" one reporter asked.

She did speak briefly in Syracuse.

"I wanted to come upstate and meet with Mayor Driscoll and others to tell them about my experience and also learn more about how Washington can help these communities," Kennedy said.

Her quick remarks fell flat. Reporters seemed to feel brushed off and they pursued her out.

"You're not going to answer questions at all?" one asked.

"Where you headed next?" another demanded.

To the car.

Afterward, CBS 2 spoke with Mayor Driscoll by phone. He said that although Kennedy was gracious, he wasn't willing to back her candidacy . . . right now. . . But at the end of the day I think it's important to have someone who represents you, knows New York State and really has an intimate knowledge of the state and upstate."

Stop two was in Rochester. Clearly someone must have told her after she left Syracuse that it probably wasn't a good idea to dis reporters completely. In Rochester she opened up a whole lot more.

"What makes you think you can represent upstate?" she was asked.

"Well as I, first of all this was a great visit and I've already learned a lot and I want to come back," Kennedy said.

The question came again: What have you learned?

"It's a process so I just hope everybody understands this is not a campaign, but I have lived a life committed to public service, wrote a book on the constitution, the importance of independent participation, raised my family committed to education in New York City," Kennedy said. . .

Right now, Kennedy only has to convince one man, the governor, to appoint her. She doesn't have to face voters until November 2010. Meanwhile, Kennedy will probably have an easier time winning the nomination now that Clinton has ordered her supporters to stop attacking her.


At December 22, 2008 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prorev's obviously reaching for space-filler when it becomes shit-on-the-Kennedys time again...


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