Saturday, January 3, 2009

What if Governor Patterson appointed an interim person to fill Hillary Clinton's seat?

This question was posed at a New Year's Day gathering earlier this week.

I was intrigued: As a former political appointee, I have had many opinions on the appointment of Caroline Kennedy. New York politics are a different animal, certainly versus the Utah politics on which I cut my political teeth, indeed, they are quite hard-nosed and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

It appears that Mrs. Kennedy is finding this out as she tentatively makes her way around the state to test the sometimes hostile waters.

There are a number of candidates vying for that seat. The person who is appointed will hold the seat for two years and an election will take place.

What if Governor Patterson didn't appoint anyone from that group, rather appointed an interim gatekeeper of sorts?

It bears thinking about.

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