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New York Voters Not Crazy About Caroline Kennedy

Most voters in New York don't want Caroline Kennedy to represent them in the US Senate. A new poll shows only 24 percent of voters back Caroline's bid, compared to 31 percent who want her rival, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to get Hillary's spot. Lucky for Caroline, unlike most wannabe senators, she doesn't have to court the voters. She only has one person to convince — Gov. Paterson.

Just in case you think the unpopularity of JFK's daughter is a backlash against legacies (can't get a more political name than Clinton or Kennedy), rival Cuomo has a political pedigree, too. His father Mario Cuomo served as NY governor from 1983 to 1994. And it gets better: his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, is the daughter of Bobby Kennedy. I think this race just got personal.

Considering the volatility of polls, do you think the opinions of 1,664 voters polled should sway the governor's decision?


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genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
On one hand I think the voters should sway the outcome but on the other hand there hasn't been a real campaign or election so it's hard to say how many people are really informed about Kennedy or Cuomo
stephley stephley 8 years
And I'm another one.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I'm a Californian that doesn't like Arnold....
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I turned 18 in 2000, and I think I have voted more times than Caroline ever did. It's only her background that's given her so much leverage. But New York likes celebrities, just like California likes Arnold. So who knows.
janneth janneth 8 years
I can't find one thing Caroline has ever done to make her qualified. On the other hand, I am sure she would do a great job. So, whatever...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm finding that I'm really not a big fan of these non-elected Senate appointments. No matter how qualified the appointees may be, they always seem too justifiably prone to doubts.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Frightening! Am I a bad person if I don't really care about the NY senate seat? I mean, yes they will serve in the Senate that provides over all of us, but I feel like it is really an issue that should be left up to the people in the state. Not living there, I just don't really find myself having an opinion about these 2 people, especially since I don't know what they stand for. Someone had said the other day that where they stand on issues doesn't matter, but I think it does! There is a broad spectrum of beliefs in both the Democratic and Republican party, and to know someone's affiliation simply isn't enough to understand their views on what policy they would support.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Jill have you seen her Kwanzaa Cake Recipe. As always she matches her kitchen and tablescape.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"Andrew Cuomo's star dimmed for me when I found out he was dating Sandra Lee the host of Semi-Homemade" You mean the Half-As*ed Gourmet??? No!!! I can't handle her and the recipes she steals from soup cans! Ah, and the "tablescapes"! Tackiest ideas ever!
stephley stephley 8 years
I like her over Cuomo, but I'm in LA.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I think that Carolyn Kennedy would be able to win over the people of New York if she does a good job. She would also be a great fund raiser. That matters.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
One word comes to mind when I think os Sandra Lee: tablescapes.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Sandra Lee does have terrifying super scary eyes. :scared: Whoever is appointed will have to win over the New Yorkers eventually if they want a second term. Paterson should appoint who ever he thinks will be best and then let them convince the people of New York to give them a second chance.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I'm not surprised Kennedy isn't highly favored for the job. I don't think it has to with political pedigree so much as all of a sudden she wants it. If Sandra Lee were to be the first lady, I would move to Canada. Her show terrifies me to the depths of my soul. It's not the semi homemade part, it's the crazy table settings and her eyes are strange too.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Just because she is a "Kennedy" does not mean she is qualified for the job. I do not think you can appoint a "name" to such an important position.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Sandra Lee IS very frightful, liliblu!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
In this special case the Gov. only has to worry himself with who he thinks will be most effective. He certainly can take popularity into consideration but he doesn't have to.
stephley stephley 8 years
OMG! Can you imagine her as First Lady?????? How terrifying. No more gourmet sauces at WH dinners, just mix up a little Campbell's soup and the Sarkozys won't notice a thing.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Andrew Cuomo's star dimmed for me when I found out he was dating Sandra Lee the host of Semi-Homemade. She matches her sets each week. It's scary. :scared:
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"They're both liberals Dave, you wouldn't like either one and Cuomo would be more likely to use the seat for bigger things. We could have eight years of Obama and then head into a Cuomo administration..." :true: I think that's exactly what Cuomo would try to do.
stephley stephley 8 years
They're both liberals Dave, you wouldn't like either one and Cuomo would be more likely to use the seat for bigger things. We could have eight years of Obama and then head into a Cuomo administration...
stephley stephley 8 years
Yes, because you're Governor David Paterson of NY. I get it!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Exactely, Steph. He should appoint Cuomo.
stephley stephley 8 years
Paterson should sell it while everyone's eyes are on Blago, or since it's an appointment, he should appoint the person that he thinks is best.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
It's ok Sweet Caroline you and John-John will always be in my dreams wether you're Senator or not.
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