When two dynasties go to war …

posted at 5:00 pm on January 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Andrew Cuomo has tried to paint himself as above competing for an appointment to Hillary Clinton’s vacated seat in the Senate, but the New York Times reports that he’s far from disinterested.  The scion of the Cuomo political dynasty wants to make sure that another dynasty’s heiress presumptive doesn’t build momentum towards gaining the seat for herself.  Cuomo has started twisting arms in the unions to block Caroline Kennedy from the appointment:

Even as Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo insisted he was staying out of the competition for New York’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat, a top Cuomo aide urged labor leaders and upstate officials to refrain from embracing Caroline Kennedy for the job, according to several people with direct knowledge of the conversations.

Two of the people, including a prominent upstate Democratic operative, said the Cuomo aide, Joseph Percoco, had suggested the upstate officials give Ms. Kennedy a cold reception and had questioned her credentials.

“He said, ‘Don’t you think it should be someone who understands upstate? Don’t you think it should be someone with experience? Shouldn’t it be somebody who knows New York better?’ ” said the operative, who spoke anonymously out of fear of antagonizing the attorney general. “They’ve been trying to feed people.”

In a separate conversation with a top union official, Mr. Percoco was less direct, but suggested that the attorney general was interested in the Senate seat for himself.

“It wasn’t a specific Caroline Kennedy conversation,” the official said. “It was, ‘I can’t say he wants you to tell people he wants it, but you should, wink-wink, nudge-nudge, know that he kind of wants it,’ ” the official said, referring to Mr. Cuomo.

As most people know, there is some personal history at play here as well.  Cuomo had been married to another Kennedy cousin but got divorced from Kerry Kennedy five years ago.  Until now, the political ambitions of the two families have not conflicted with each other, but a showdown appears imminent, and Cuomo doesn’t appear too shy to engage aggressively in it.

The longer this goes, the less likely either will get the position.  If Paterson has to choose between the Cuomos and the Kennedys, he may feel that an outsider will be his safest bet.  Given the public nature of their pursuit of the seat, it may be the best option for Paterson to maintain some semblance of distance from either dynasty while keeping ties to both intact.


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“it may be the best option for Paterson to maintain some semblance of distance from either dynasty while keeping ties to both intact.”

she’s a princess and he ain’t.

The fool has spoken.

Madame Senator Kennedy, take you seat.

notagool on January 7, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Well, it is painful to lose out to an empty-headed celebrity that’s done nothing but show up and look pretty.

I’m sure Hillary and McCain will agree with that assessment.

Asher on January 7, 2009 at 5:12 PM

How is this helping Michelle Obama’s kids?

ramrocks on January 7, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Maybe a duel?

Vashta.Nerada on January 7, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Let’s get another unqualified Kennedy in Congress. It’s her destiny and we should NOT make Caroline suffer through and election process.

originalpechanga on January 7, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Maybe a duel?

Vashta.Nerada on January 7, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Pay-per-view?

ramrocks on January 7, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Lets see….Mario begat Andrew and JFK begat Caroline. This is gonna be a good fight. I’m gonna wager that Caroline has the inside edge while Andrew is going right up the middle. Cuomo vs Kennedy. I pick Andrew in two rounds.

kanda on January 7, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Well, it is painful to lose out to an empty-headed celebrity that’s done nothing but show up and look pretty.

Which one are you talking about, Caroline or Cuomo?

Buford Gooch on January 7, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Well. It appears that the Democrats really don’t give a fig for “Democracy”.

If they had any respect for it, these seats would remain vacant until an “election” thingy could be held.

pseudonominus on January 7, 2009 at 5:31 PM

If these “two dynasties go to war”, I’ll be praying for a third party to enter the conflict and destroy them both.

AW1 Tim on January 7, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Maybe a duel?

Vashta.Nerada on January 7, 2009 at 5:17 PM
Pay-per-view?

ramrocks on January 7, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Is MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch still on the air?

Disturb the Universe on January 7, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Maureen Dowd’s column defending Kennedy was hilarious.

It really underscored – as if we needed it – that the opposition to Palin was clearly class-based jealousy.

Nothing more; nothing less.

Meow.

SteveMG on January 7, 2009 at 5:40 PM

YES!! Appoint Carolyn Maloney fer gawds sake!

-post here-

ginaswo on January 7, 2009 at 5:42 PM

stevemg

you will notice that the very same pundits who hate Hillary hated Sarah, they are also the same nitwits pushing the empty Chanel dress..the Irish Catholic East Coast contingent (and I am Irish and Italian Catholic myself)

but it’s the same fools perenially, MoDo, Tweety, that Barnacle fellow, if Russert were alive he would be right on board with it, seeking to feel like THEY are somehow nouveau riche and have class, they want to crown their ‘princess’ cause she’s ‘REAL’ classy, what with the bootlegging Nazi loving heritage from Grandpa, pullleeeze yeah they make me ill

arrgle

ginaswo on January 7, 2009 at 5:45 PM

The democrats soooo remind me of the tribalists in the Middle East… Carefully constructed (yet imaginary) unity when facing their perceived enemy, and then total blue-on-blue chaos afterwards. HeeHee.

innominatus on January 7, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Just appoint himself.

ThePrez on January 7, 2009 at 5:50 PM

By that, I mean Paterson.

ThePrez on January 7, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Is MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch still on the air?

Tee-hee, snicker.

anniekc on January 7, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Schlossberg!

BoomJunkie on January 7, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Is MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch still on the air?

The only thing I ever watched on MTV. Hillary v. Paula Jones was a riot.

thomasaur on January 7, 2009 at 6:06 PM

If Paterson has to choose between the Cuomos and the Kennedys, he may feel that an outsider will be his safest bet.

I’m free. I meet the residency requirement. I haven’t taken any PAC money…yet. You can reach me here.

JiangxiDad on January 7, 2009 at 6:17 PM

One good thing that will come out of this nightmare 4 years is the death of two evil democrat dynasties.

BroncosRock on January 7, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Just like a regular soap opera..

soon enough, everyone will be related..

DaveC on January 7, 2009 at 6:41 PM

It is a wonderful world when Cuomo is the best choice I have for my state.

rob verdi on January 7, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Cuomo had been married to another Kennedy cousin but got divorced from Kerry Kennedy five years ago.

Apparently that was a mistake. They could have simply appointed Kerry and made both families happy.

angelat0763 on January 7, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Well. It appears that the Democrats really don’t give a fig for “Democracy”.

If they had any respect for it, these seats would remain vacant until an “election” thingy could be held.

The Founding Fathers set up a representative republic, not a democracy, and each state appointed their senators. If the 17th Amendment hadn’t passed, we wouldn’t be longing for term limits at the Federal Level.

angelat0763 on January 7, 2009 at 6:53 PM

you will notice that the very same pundits who hate Hillary hated Sarah, they are also the same nitwits pushing the empty Chanel dress..the Irish Catholic East Coast contingent (and I am Irish and Italian Catholic myself)

ginaswo on January 7, 2009 at 5:45 PM

You may be onto something there. Noonan fits right in with that group too.

ramrocks on January 7, 2009 at 6:55 PM

I hope Cuomo (D – NY) gets it so we can continue to remind the American people of his role in the disastrous subprime fiasco – a much better option then outta sight, outta mind.

Buy Danish on January 7, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Admit it… if Caroline Kennedy had spent 6 years going to 5 different no-name colleges instead of breezing through Harvard and Columbia Law (becoming a constitutional law scholar along the way), you’d embrace her!

benny shakar on January 7, 2009 at 7:39 PM

I urged that kings and queens were dangerous. He said, then have cats. He was sure that a royal family of cats would answer every purpose. They would be as useful as any other royal family, they would know as much, they would have the same virtues and the same treacheries, the same disposition to get up shindies with other royal cats, they would be laughably vain and absurd and never know it, they would be wholly inexpensive, finally, they would have as sound a divine right as any other royal house. The worship of royalty being founded in unreason, these graceful and harmless cats would easily become as sacred as any other royalties, and indeed more so, because it would presently be noticed that they hanged nobody, beheaded nobody, imprisoned nobody, inflicted no cruelties or injustices of any sort, and so must be worthy of a deeper love and reverence than the customary human king and queen, and would certainly get it.
- Mark Twain

MB4 on January 7, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Admit it… if, you know, Caroline Kennedy had, you know, spent 6 years going to, you know, 5 different, you know, no-name colleges instead of, you know, breezing through, you know, Harvard and, you know, Columbia Law (becoming a, you know, constitutional, you know, law scholar along, you know, the way), you’d, you know, embrace her!

benny shakar on January 7, 2009 at 7:39 PM

The way you said it the, you know, aging ungracefully princess would not understand it and we wouldn’t want that, now would we?

MB4 on January 7, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Democrats imploding every where! MSM doesn’t notice! Gotta love it!

catlady on January 7, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Admit it… if Caroline Kennedy had spent 6 years going to 5 different no-name colleges instead of breezing through Harvard and Columbia Law (becoming a constitutional law scholar along the way), you’d embrace her!

benny shakar on January 7, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Nah. Maybe if she had served as a city councilman for 4 years.

Then as a Mayor for 6 years.

Then Governor for 2 more.

Or if she was still an actual sitting Governor.

But she is a Kennedy, so she still gets only a maybe from me.

You know.

soundingboard on January 7, 2009 at 10:48 PM

This is like the Carolingian and Merovingian dynastic struggle or something…

Who says there is no aristocracy in America…

RocketmanBob on January 8, 2009 at 7:50 AM

“Political dynasty” is a phrase that should not even exist when discussing our Republic.

DrMagnolias on January 8, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Of the pictures on thsi thread which one looks more ummm….Kennedyesque?

kanda on January 8, 2009 at 9:43 AM