With Hillary Clinton slotted to become the next Secretary of State that will leave NY’s junior senate seat open. Per the Constitution the Governor of NY, David Paterson, will then place someone into the seat to finish out the current Senate term.
Names are being thrown around with great abandon, and I’d be ranting and venting about this in the Pit - except that I really do trust Paterson to try to do his best by the people of NY, and Blagojevich’s example has left me feeling simply tired and depressed.
Some of the names that I’ve seen bruited about include RFK Jr. and Caroline Kennedy. Both of whom seem to be being suggested solely because there must be a Kennedy back in the Senate with Teddy’s impending loss. This strikes me as a hugely bad idea. Of course that’s greatly modified from my initial reaction. I tend to be prejudiced, hugely, against the Kennedy clan, and the idea of political families disgusts me, anyways.
But RFK Jr. at least isn’t a complete unknown, and more importantly from my point of view - he’s not a current NY State legislator. IMNSHO none of those bastards are fit for the offices they currently hold, and none should be considered for any higher office, either. Caroline Kennedy is a bit more palatable - her work with the NYC schools certainly seems laudable from what I have read about it. But, by the same token, she seems like she’d be NYC’s Senator not a representative of the wider interests of the state as a whole.
Again, either of those Kennedy scions would be more palatable than anyone from the State Assembly, or the State Senate.
I think that our current State Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, might be a better match - he’s at least already a state-wide figure with a fairly good reputation in his own right, and none of the arguments for his nomination are based on his last name, for all that his father’s position did help start his career.
I’d nominate my US Rep, but she’s old (pushing 80) and already has several powerful committee positions, including chair of the Rules committee. I don’t think she’d want the position - for all that I am convinced she’d do a good job.
There is some talk that I’ve seen suggesting that since currently all the state-wide leadership positions are being held by NYC/LI people (Governor, Senators, Senate Majority Leader, and State Assembly Speaker) an effort should be made to find a replacement Senator who would be seen as having some concern about upstate interests. I don’t know whether that would be feasible without going to the State Legislature - which is a broken reed.
In short: Who do you like to be nominated to finish out NY’s junior Senator’s term?