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Caroline Kennedy withdraws bid for New York Senate seat

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Caroline Kennedy, considered to be among the front-runners for the United States Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has withdrawn her name from consideration for the seat. Governor David Paterson was reportedly intending to name her as Clinton’s replacement today.

Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, left the race because of “personal reasons”. Her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), suffered a seizure while attending a luncheon with the newly inaugurated U.S. President Barack Obama in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.. He was rushed out of the event in a wheelchair and taken to Washington Hospital for treatment where he remains. In May 2008, He was diagnosed with brain cancer, which required an operation, though is no indication that this factored in her decision. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is the highest-profile candidate left for the last two years of Clinton’s term.

The New York Post says she withdrew because apparently the N.Y. governor David Paterson was not going to choose her for the position. Citing an anonymous source, the Post said that “her poor performances in media interviews and in in private sessions with various officials” is Paterson’s reason for not appointing her to the position. The post says Paterson will make his decision before Sunday January 25.

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