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November 14, 2008

Potential Clinton successors

With Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) being considered as a potential Secretary of State in Obama's administration, make sure to check out my colleague Glenn Thrush's expert speculation in the Crypt on who Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) might tap to succeed her in the Senate.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn): Has the gravitas. Lacks the patron he had in ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D- Westchester): Stepped aside for HRC in 2000 and keeps seat in the hands of a woman. A decade older than Clinton.

Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens): Up-and-comer. But doesn't seem senatorial yet.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo: Former HUD secretary has chilled out and moderated his nasty-man image — and moving him out of the way would eliminate a potential challenger for Paterson. His old rep haunts him and nobody, except us, has really floated his name.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Smart, a respected environmentalist and policy wonk, and the ultimate legacy pick. Has never sought public office and isn't an electrifying speaker.

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi: Young, personable, attractive, great on the stump. Virtually unknown outside of the Island and wasn't on anyone's shortlist last time.

City Comptroller Bill Thompson: A formidable up-and-comer whose path to power is blocked by Mike Bloomberg's term-limits trick. Not clear if he's ready for prime time.

Rep. Anthony Weiner: Ditto.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown: A popular African-American from Dem from upstate who was rumored to be in the running last time. Utterly unknown outside the lake-effect snow zone.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney: A feminist whose views are in lockstep with Clinton's. Not perceived as a congressional heavyweight.

Bill Clinton: Why not? Are you kidding?

There are even more names -- complete with the pros and cons here.