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December 01, 2008

Lowey won't replace Clinton

Many names are circulating as to who Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) will appoint to fill Sen. Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat.

But one longtime Democrat can be taken off the list, as my colleague Glenn Thrush reports:

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) -- considered to be a frontrunner to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate -- is withdrawing herself from consideration, her spokesman tells Politico.

The 11-term congresswoman, who stepped aside to allow Clinton to run in 2000, thinks she can "be more effective" in the House where she chairs an appropriations subcommittee.

Several possible Lowey competitors told Politico they would have stepped aside if Lowey had pushed for the job. But in recent days, she had begun telling colleagues she had no interest in relinquishing her role as a "cardinal" -- one of the House's top appropriators.

Lowey had one thing going for her: She represents the Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York.