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Offline johnny4evah!

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Re: US Senate Seat Vacancy
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2008, 12:37:32 PM »
Oh, but the Family and particularly Uncle Teddy "wants to ensure that the decades-long tradition of having a Kennedy in the Senate continues." -Daily News

OMG don't tell me we're going to start singing "Sweet Caroline" at Yankee Stadium!


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Re: US Senate Seat Vacancy
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2008, 04:25:08 PM »
Oh, but the Family and particularly Uncle Teddy "wants to ensure that the decades-long tradition of having a Kennedy in the Senate continues." -Daily News

OMG don't tell me we're going to start singing "Sweet Caroline" at Yankee Stadium!



And I thought we didn't have monarchy here in the states.  :-(

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Re: US Senate Seat Vacancy
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2008, 12:34:23 PM »
Seems like the Political Machine of yesteryear has been dusted off, greased and taken on a test run.

Michael Goodwin:
His (Paterson's) challenge is to make sure his choice is both in the best interests of New York and widely viewed as such. The way to do that is to follow an open process that would set an example for other states. Instead of using a secretive, back-room deal that smacks of old-time corruption, Paterson should throw open the doors to let the public participate.
Although not an election, a public process could involve forums and even debates among candidates. That way, Paterson would have a better idea of their comparative strengths and New Yorkers would be able to voice informed opinions. And it wouldn't cost the state a penny because civic and educational groups would scramble to hold these unofficial candidate events.
If Paterson needs inspiration for what not to do, he can look to Illinois and Delaware, where Senate seats held by Barack Obama and Joe Biden are being filled by insider dealing.
Biden, who simultaneously was reelected to the Senate while winning the vice presidency, helped engineer an unseemly deal in Delaware. He wanted his son Beau, state attorney general, to get the seat Papa Biden has held since 1973, but Beau Biden admirably turned down an appointment, saying he wanted to complete his Iraq tour with the Army National Guard.
So Democratic Gov. Ruth Ann Minner did the next best slippery thing, appointing Papa Biden's longtime chief of staff and personal friend, Edward Kaufman, who promptly announced he would serve two years in the Senate, then retire. The expectation is that Beau Biden will run in the election to fill the seat in 2010.
It seems the Kennedys aren't alone in viewing a Senate seat as a family heirloom.


http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/columnists/goodwin/index.html

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Re: US Senate Seat Vacancy
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2008, 07:34:25 PM »
IMHO Gov. Paterson has a lot to consider. He probably needs to appoint someone who has the potential to be a candidate for Governor the next time around, thereby getting them out of the race. Cuomo certainly is one of them. Kennedy will need a mentor and I don't know if Schumer has the time, or the inclination, to do that. I'm not sure Kennedy's state-wide visits are going to help her or just make her sound like one of the political hacks this state has been dealing with for decades!
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Re: US Senate Seat Vacancy
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2008, 06:36:17 PM »
While the process is somewhat painful, it warms my heart that one politician is angry at another for cashing in on the family name better than he has:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/20/nyregion/20cuomo.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=print?xid=rss-page

If we wanted the Senate to be another house of lords, why the hell was the Revolution fought?
Cuomo Jr never had to pay for his tragic turn as HUD Secretary. If any of us common folk has performed so horrifically at our jobs, we would be thankful to get a position at a fast food restaurant.
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Re: US Senate Seat Vacancy
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2009, 09:47:21 PM »
Whoever it is they better not like being in front of the camera because Chuck Schumer won't share it.  The most dangerous place in NY is between Schumer and the camera.

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Re: US Senate Seat Vacancy
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2009, 05:56:07 PM »
and it looks like Schumer got his choice.  Should be interesting!

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« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2009, 11:44:53 AM »
[Box scores can not come soon enough]

This would make for wonderful debates if it comes to be. Now is just for fundraising, right?

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/rep.-maloney-weighing-primary-challenge-to-gillibrand-2009-02-05.html
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