If Caroline Kennedy is our next senator, I will:
• Not vote for her in 2010
• Not vote for Gov. David Paterson, should he decide to run for re-election
• Let the DNC and the New York State Democratic Party know that I'm really, really upset with them.
One of the biggest complaints the press has had with the Bush administration over the past eight years, is that the administration is very secretive.
Caroline Kennedy was in Syracuse today, meeting with Mayor Matt Driscoll to get some idea of Upstate issues. At least we think that's why she was here.
Kennedy has announced that she's interested in filling the U.S. Senate seat that would be vacated by Sen. Hillary Clinton, assuming she is confirmed to the position of Secretary of State in the Obama administration (if she's not confirmed, she'll still be the junior senator from New York).
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But what she did to the local press today was simply unforgivable for anyone seeking public office.
After speaking with the mayor, she stepped out of his office, told reporters that she had told the governor she'd be proud to be considered for the job, and that the governor has a process in place for selecting the next senator.
She said she shared her experience with the mayor, and that's when the press starting asking tough – but I think fair – questions. Questions like, "Will you share with New Yorkers what that experience is?"
She answered exactly one question:
Reporter: Where are you going next?
Kennedy: To the car.
At least one reporter – it's hard to tell via the audio whether it was the same reporter asking multiple times, or multiple reporters – expressed some disbelief that she was meeting with a local official and would not answer any questions from the press.
Here's what's worse to me: She's all but a media darling because of it.
WTVH [an affiliate of my employer], the local CBS affiliate, not only cuts off the video when she walks out as questions are starting, they managed to
Daily Kos has a screen grab of The New York Times changing from
WSYR, the local ABC affiliate, pokes a little fun at the brief appearance, saying that
WSTM, the NBC affiliate, is the only local shop to
The local newspaper, The Post-Standard, gets a lot of points for trying [disclaimer: I work for the affiliated Web site]. Their video fades out as she
I simply cannot support a potential government official who is not willing to be open and honest with the press throughout her campaign – even if she's not up for election by the public. Her entourage could have warned reporters ahead of time she would not take questions, or she could have introduced her comments with something to that effect, but to entirely ignore questions – hardball or softball – is not only an insult to the press, it's an insult to the people of the state of New York.