Don't Print Up those 'Caroline in 2010' Stickers Yet
9:53 AM, Jan 8, 2009 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
Public Policy Polling has completed a survey of New York voters, testing how Republican Peter King would fare in a Senate run against either Caroline Kennedy or Andrew Cuomo. The results lead you to question whether the dream is still alive:
Senator Clinton's confirmation hearing is next week, and she seems likely to win speedy Senate approval for the post of Secretary of State. That means Paterson will face an open Senate seat within a few weeks. On paper, nominating Kennedy seems a leap, at best. If she fares poorly in the Senate it will reflect on him -- and damage him in a likely primary race against Cuomo. If he takes Cuomo on the other hand, he can eliminate the strongest threat to his renomination, and argue that he was more or less forced to pick the stronger candidate.
Of course, that was the calculus in New York a month ago, but Kennedy still emerged as the likely pick. Will Paterson stick with that choice, turn to Cuomo, or select a wild card candidate like Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand?