Caroline Kennedy has pulled her name from consideration for the Senate seat just vacated by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Kennedy’s bid for the Senate may have been done in by a combination of her complex tax issues and some personnel issues.
Rumor has it that Governor Patterson was close to naming Kennedy to replace Clinton.
This leaves New York Governor Patterson with a choice among several prominent New York politicians. However, it is likely that Clinton’s replacement will be current New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Cuomo served as Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary until the end of President Clinton’s term in office.
Andrew Cuomo replaced Governor Elliot Spitzer for the position of Attorney General of New York running on a platform that included a civil rights push for gays, lesbians and transpeople. As the leader of HUD, Cuomo did what he could to raise funds the help house patients with HIV/AIDS. He is also outspoken in his support for LGBT civil rights, including same-sex marriage.
Cuomo is widely supported by the people of New York to replace Secretary of State Clinton with polls showing a third of the state supports him while less than a quarter supported Kennedy. Most people feel that Cuomo would be the more qualified.
The office of the New York Attorney General is currently involved in the investigation of several scandals concerning the meltdown on Wall Street including investigations into Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae.
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