Friday, December 19, 2008

Andrew Cuomo pissed that Caroline Kennedy stole his Senate seat

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is apparently pretty pissed that Caroline Kennedy has emerged as a frontrunner to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, since he's evidently been eyeing a Senate seat for a while. While he obviously has more experience than Caroline Kennedy, Andrew Cuomo's pedigree is nothing to laugh at: he's the son of a former New York governor, and up until his 2003 divorce from one of RFK's eleven children, he was Caroline Kennedy's nephew-in-law.

And as much as I hate aristocracy, I can't say that I feel bad for Cuomo – he had perhaps the single largest individual role in the subprime collapse in his capacity as Clinton's HUD secretary from 1997 till 2001, leaving aside maybe Alan Greenspan.

Something interesting also to note is that the three biggest winning personalities this electoral season (all senators, I might add) – Obama, Biden, and Clinton – have all had their former senate states shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Obama's seat led to the undoing of Illinois Governor Blagojevich, and Clinton's new job as Secretary of State led to Caroline Kennedy's interest in the newly-vacated seat and the ensuing uproar. Joe Biden's son Beau (current Attorney General of Delaware), who has been rumored as a possible replacement for Joe Biden's senate seat, has taken the (sort of) high road and stayed out of the running for the unelected seat, and instead might run in an actual election in 2010 – made easier by the fact that the person appointed to Joe Biden's old seat, Ted Kaufman, was Joe Biden's former chief-of-staff and has stated that he doesn't intend to run to keep the seat in 2010.


Fantusta said...

Well, Beau is going to be in Iraq soon if not already, so it's hard to say he took any high road in not getting this appointment... Joe Biden was pretty sure that whoever got appointed would just be keeping the seat warm for Beau, I'm sure.

Raționalitate said...

Christian! Good to see you still read this!