Governor Paterson May Opt for A Caretaker
by Charles Lemos, Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:39:42 PM EST
As the year draws to a close, so too might Caroline Kennedy's chances to be selected as Senator Hillary Clinton's replacement in the US Senate. Instead, it seems that Governor David Paterson may opt for a "caretaker" to hold the seat until a special election can be held in November 2010. From WCBS-TV News:
The former president is among several boldface names being touted as possible "caretakers" for New York's Senate seat -- people who would serve until the 2010 elections but wouldn't be interested in running to keep the job.
As the process of picking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's replacement gets messier, the option may become increasingly attractive to Gov. David Paterson, who has sole authority to name a successor.
A big name like Bill Clinton or Democratic former Gov. Mario Cuomo could have an immediate impact for New York in the Senate while letting the large field of hopefuls duke it out in 2010, according to three Democratic Party advisers in New York and Washington who are close to the discussion with Paterson's inner circle on this issue.
Two others in the party confirmed that Paterson is still considering the caretaker option. The advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to comment.
So should Governor Paterson go the caretaker route? And if so, should it be Clinton or Cuomo? More on this story from the Associated Press.