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12-16-2008, 02:14 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/15/kennedy.senate/index.html?eref=rss_politicsCaroline Kennedy wants Clinton's Senate seat, senator says
(CNN) -- Caroline Kennedy, the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy, has indicated her interest in filling the New York Senate seat being vacated by secretary of state designee Hillary Clinton.http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/16/kennedy-cuomo-comparison/Born Nov. 27, 1957
Attended Radcliffe College (1979), Columbia Law School (1988)
1989: Establishes the Profile in Courage Awards
1991: Writes "In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action"
1994: Becomes honorary chair of the American Ballet Theatre
1995: Writes "The Right to Privacy"
2000: Speaks at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
2002-2004: Chief executive for the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education, raising more than $65 million in private support for New York City public schools
2008: Member of Barack Obama's vice-presidential search team
-President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
-Member of the board at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Commission on Presidential Debates
-Vice-chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York CityApparently the only qualification necessary for a Senate seat is a certain last name (or, in Illinois, a large enough bribe).
12-17-2008, 03:30 AM
As I understand it, for Senator qualifications, you must be 30 years or more at least and have been a citizen of the United States for 9 years, as well as live in the state they are representing. She seems to fit that bill as a canidate to a senatorial seat. I see no reason why she couldn't run for public office.
I do get where you are coming from on that though. Certainly some fresher newer faces, rather than a new Kennedy, Clinton, Bush, Cheney, Gingrich, etc, would brighten up congress quite a bit and enact some changes to the betterment of the United States rather than the current method of voting for the same tired boring faces over and over, while they sit back and not fix things that have been broken for 20-30 years, when they have been in public office for 20-30 years.
12-17-2008, 09:47 AM
Yeah, I'm getting a little tired of political dynasties but then again, I bet we see another Bush running for the senate or presidency... double bleh.
12-17-2008, 12:49 PM
As I understand it, for Senator qualifications, you must be 30 years or more at least and have been a citizen of the United States for 9 years, as well as live in the state they are representing. She seems to fit that bill as a canidate to a senatorial seat. I see no reason why she couldn't run for public office.You know what I mean. She hasn't done anything. And she's not "running" for the position.
12-17-2008, 12:50 PM
I bet we see another Bush running for the senate or presidency... double bleh.Jeb is considering a Senate run (http://www.newsweek.com/id/172341).
12-17-2008, 04:34 PM
A senate seat is a lot more important then a house seat. The main qualification they are looking at is her gender and last name.
For an appointed seat you would think the selection should go to someone with a long track record of accomplishments. New York has a lot of individuals who have more to offer then just their last name and gender. If they want to use affirmative action quotas and based the selection on gender there are a lot better choices out there in New York.
She will likely get the pick due to the ability to raise money and get elected for their party. I guess that is really the main qualification.
12-17-2008, 06:51 PM
So, Tudamorph, since you opened the topic. What should a senator's credentials be? It seem like most were lawyers.
12-17-2008, 08:22 PM
What should a senator's credentials be?Experience in government.
Experience in running a business.
Any other job that shows you can make good decisions.
I'll tell you what's not enough: being the son of a former president, being a Democratic party cheerleader, and having a ministerial role in deciding how to divide up money that's handed to you.
At age 51, you should have something to show for yourself, if you want a job making the rules for everyone else.
12-17-2008, 08:23 PM
She will likely get the pick due to the ability to raise money and get elected for their party. I guess that is really the main qualification.How is that different from selling a Senate seat to the highest bidder?
12-19-2008, 12:56 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081219/ap_on_el_se/kennedy_votingCaroline Kennedy did not vote in many elections
NEW YORK – Caroline Kennedy, who wants to fill Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's seat, has not voted in a number of elections, including one race for the very job she is seeking.
The Democrat registered at her current address on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1988. According to Board of Elections records, she missed several Democratic mayoral primaries in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2005.
She also skipped the 1994 general election, when Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was running for re-election. It is the same seat she hopes to take over if Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state in the new administration.What a joke.
12-19-2008, 01:46 PM
Well, she doesn't have it yet and there's a lot of people saying she isn't qualified, so it isn't a shoe-in... hopefully.
12-23-2008, 09:11 AM
And here I thought voting records were supposed to be private...
12-23-2008, 03:15 PM
Quote"And here I thought voting records were supposed to be private..."
They are supposed to be. But, under the freedom of information act they can be disclosed. Some of those can be simple, like did she register to vote. I am pretty sure that is how it was disclosed. Her actual records of how she voted for public officials I doubt were disclosed.
12-23-2008, 05:17 PM
They knew that "Joe the Plumber" didn't vote, or was it register. I just think they can't see how you voted.
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