The Princess Of Camelot Has A Tarnished Crown

By Doug Mataconis | Related entries in General Politics, New York, Senate

It appears that Caroline Kennedy’s withdrawal from consideration for the open New York Senate seat had nothing to do with her uncle’s illness:

ALBANY — Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate, a person close to Gov. David A. Paterson said on Thursday, in an account at odds with Ms. Kennedy’s own description of her reasons for withdrawing.

The account emerged 14 hours after Ms. Kennedy announced that she was taking her name out of contention for the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and as Mr. Paterson, according to two well-placed Democrats told of his thinking, was leaning toward selecting Representative Kirsten E. Gillibrand, an upstate lawmaker in her second term in Congress.

Hard feelings toward Ms. Kennedy were clearly building among the governor’s staff on Thursday, after a dramatic evening in which she was reported to be dropping out, then wavering, then ultimately, shortly after midnight on Thursday, issuing a statement ending her candidacy.

The person close to the governor said Mr. Paterson “never had any intention of picking Kennedy” because he had come to consider her unready for the job. The person did not describe the exact nature or seriousness of the tax and household employee issues.

So, it would appear that Princess Caroline’s withdrawal had nothing to do with Uncle Ted’s illness, and everything to do with the fact that she knew she wasn’t getting the job.

As for the “tax and household employee issues,” my guess is we’re talking about hiring an illegal alien nanny and/or not paying the required withholding taxes for said nanny.

Because, you know, only the little people pay taxes.

Cross-posted at Below The Beltway

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2 Responses to “The Princess Of Camelot Has A Tarnished Crown”

  1. Rich Says:

    “Because, you know, only the little people pay taxes.”

    Actually, the exact opposite is true, but I know you were being sarcastic.

    I just had an epiphany! Now that I think about it….The left always says the rich don’t pay thier share of the taxes, blah, blah, blah The low income people need tax cuts and the rich need to pay more, blah, blah, blah. Maybe the eletist left REALLY DONT pay taxes – even though they are supposed to – and they think nobody else does, either!! Caroline Kennedy, Geithner, etc…

    Could this be an example of the left being oblivious to reality?? Maybe they are not really lying about who pays taxes, but they are looking at the situation thru their own corrupt, cheating eyes!! Hmmm…

  2. Tom Carter Says:

    Actually, I’m glad to see an end to this unseemly episode. I think we’ve had enough of dynasty politics by now.

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