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December 02, 2008

RFK Jr. out as Clinton replacement

One of the most high-profile names mentioned as a possible successor to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is out of the running.

From the New York Times:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and son of the onetime senator from New York, said this morning that he had telephoned Gov. David A. Paterson and explained that he was not interested being appointed to the United States Senate.

According to people who know the governor’s preferences, Mr. Paterson has been interested in a candidate who is from upstate, or a woman or someone who is Hispanic. But he has also been interested in appointing someone with the kind of marquee name that would generate enthusiasm — and campaign contributions — in defending the seat in a 2010 campaign.