The Clinton Replacement

15 Jan

They’ve been polling statewide, and the people with statewide name recognition are winning. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo over Caroline Kennedy 30 – 21. In New York City, however, Kennedy beats Cuomo 31 – 29.

Since Clinton will be confirmed as SoS in a matter of days, Paterson may make his pick within a similar timeframe.

It’s my hope that Paterson selects a Democrat for the Senate position who has a solid track record of working hard for constituents, who has been vetted by an electorate, and who has an ability to come up with creative solutions to big, intractable problems, and who is a tireless advocate for the people not just living in his district, but the greater regional good.

Newsday has a roundup of the candidates (in addition to Cuomo & Kennedy):

_Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York City. In Congress since 1992, she has the support of three major women’s groups and could be seen as attractive to women and Catholics.

_U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand. She just won her second term representing a large, traditionally Republican district in the Hudson Valley to north of Saratoga Springs.

_Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. In two terms, he righted the county’s fiscal crisis, led Paterson’s high-priority commission to reduce property taxes, and ran statewide in 2006 for governor against Eliot Spitzer for the Democratic nomination.

_Rep. Steve Israel from Long Island. In Congress since 2001, he has earned important committee positions in the House.

_Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. A former state senator with Paterson, Brown would provide geographic balance to the 2010 election ticket.

_Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. Carrion has support in one of America’s most diverse areas and is also considered a contender for New York City mayor.

_Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York City. He has been in Congress since 1992 after serving 16 years in the state Assembly.

_Rep. Brian Higgins. First elected to Congress in 2004, he’s a former state assemblyman and grandson of Irish immigrants. He could bring western New York balance to the ticket.

_Randi Weingarten. The president of the American Federation of Teachers is a widely known leader of one of the most powerful labor and lobbying forces in New York.

3 Responses to “The Clinton Replacement”

  1. Alison January 15, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    Gillibrand is the best person for this job. For all of you Kennedy fans out there, you might want to read prize winning reporter Wayne Barrett’s piece on Caroline Kennedy this week. It’s damning.

  2. hank January 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    There’s talk in right wing circles that patterson may select BILL Clinton to fill his wife’s seat.

    There has been a former President who went on to serve in Congress. Betcha don’t know which one.

    If Patterson’s priority in his pick is to get the one who can help him raise the most money for HIS next campaign, who would he pick–Bill Clinton, or Byron Brown or Brian Higgins?


  3. Adam K. January 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    Don’t overthink this.

    What’s the ONLY name you hear seriously mentioned by anyone?


    Not my choice, but I’d be shocked if she’s not seated on Monday.

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