Lowey won’t seek Clinton seat

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In case there was any ambiguity about her intention to remain in the House, Rep. Nita Lowey wants it to be known she does not want to be considered as a possible replacement for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate.

That’s the word this afternoon from Matt Dennis, Lowey’s spokesman.

President-elect Barack Obama announced this morning he is nominating Clinton to serve as his secretary of state.

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  1. Even Bill has no interest in Hillary’s seat. Why should Lowey? Janet Reno might show an interest. Or Rosie O’Donnell.

  2. I hear Congressman Engle is quietly being discussed as a replacement for Clinton’s Senate seat. Engle and Paterson go back for many years and have a great relationship. Don’t be suprised when Engle’s name comes out, you heard it hear first.

  3. the consultant on

    I may have heard it first hear..but we already have
    one jewish senator from the city…Patterson will
    either pick a woman, an african american or a kennedy

  4. We shouldn’t excluding people based on quotas. They did that at Ivy League schools in the 1920’s and it was wrong then and it would be wrong now. Patterson should pick the person best for job regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. Then again, the Consultant seems to have a problem with many Jewish politicians that support Israel. I wonder why that is… And the Consultant claims to be Jewish yet blogs on Yom Kippur… Again, another weird occurence.

  5. the consultant on

    annon you need to stop judging me on when i blog
    or how jewish I am….I have no problem with jewish
    politicians supporting israel..I simply made a observation
    about what patterson who is not jewish but african american
    would do…your hangup on jews who support israel
    is troubling.. because I am an american who supports
    israel..but not necessarily all the policies of the
    israeli government just because I happen to be jewish

  6. Consultant, you have questioned the patriotism and loyalty to the United States of a number of policymakers in the past on this blog who may or may not be support of Israel but do happen to be Jewish and you use coded terminology and pointed monikers such as neo-con.

    When you cast aspersions on others, obviously people are going to look into your own motivations for doing so.

    The fact we already have a Jewish Senator in New York is irrelevant. California has two Jewish woman Senators. Big deal. If they are the best Senators they should be re-elected and if not, voters should pick someone else. Your premises that Patterson will pick someone of a specific background because of his background are silly and it is unfair to Patterson.

  7. The consultant is, of course, correct in his assessment of Paterson’s probable judgement. And as to, “we shouldn’t (be) excluding people based on quotas,” this has been going on, and to the nation’s detriment for a long, long time, but in a direction which you seem not to realize or appreciate. And, so far as pointing to the Ivy League and the “twenties,” you’re using your own coded terminology, inferring that Jews were discriminated against without specifically stating that fact. If you look today at places like Columbia, you’ll see now a high proportion of children of schoolteachers rather than WASPS. And you’ll see, too, that Jewish students there are in much higher proportion than their general national population would indicate. We can discuss what is proper and improper in our societal direction, but we first must agree to look at the issues through the lens of reality without being simply agenda-driven.

  8. I am not sure I get your point. You are agreeing with me that quotas should not be used. This is true regardless of whether or not it goes on in a daily basis. We don’t what Patterson believes but we will soon find out.

    “If you look today at places like Columbia, you’ll see now a high proportion of children of schoolteachers rather than WASPS” I assume you meant to write “higher.” However, you criticize me for not specifically stating facts when you just make them up. Children of schoolteachers and WASPS are not mutually exclusive nor do you provide any evidence supporting your contention.

    “And, so far as pointing to the Ivy League and the “twenties,” you’re using your own coded terminology, inferring that Jews were discriminated against without specifically stating that fact” No, Jews and Catholics alike (and I am sure other groups) were discriminating against. The fact that I fail to specicify specific groups is not coded terminology and does not mean I referring to only one ethnic group. In your attempt to belittle me and be preachy, you seem ignorant.

  9. Source: Administrative Science Quarterly. “The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission, Exclusion…(in the Ivies.)”- Jerome Karabel. Columbia – 25% Jewish (Sister school Barnard – 43.5%; Harvard – 25.5%; Yale – 30%; Brown – 25%; Cornell – 25%. Hard to read any anti semitism into these figures.

  10. the consultant on

    hey lets face it..evey ethnic group has been discriminated
    against the Irish, the Italians and the Jews..and certainly
    african americans…anon seems to have quite a few hangups
    about jews whether in terms of the neocon ideology which
    he buys into or how many jews have been kept out of
    yale..I assume however that anon has not been discriminated
    against..neither have I…which is why I don’t dwell on
    the past

  11. Donkey Darling on

    Can we get back to the main topic? Lowey sits tight – which was expected. Bad news for Noam Bramson and all the rest interested in jumping up to Congress from Westchester.

    My bet is Andrew Cuomo for Senator; he can raise the $$$ in 2010, and it gives him a bigger platform. He keeps a check on Schumer (no fan of Paterson) and he gets out of Paterson’s way. The legislature picks Richard Brodsky, our hometown firebrand for A.G. He’s perfect for the job. Paterson picks an upstate woman for Lt. Governor in 2010 – that’s the traditional Dem spot for an upstater – possibly Kirsten Gillibrand. As for Tom Suozzi – he can challenge Tom DiNapoli in a Comptroller’s primary (he beat him in Nassau County for County Exec). So here’s your Dem Dream Team in 2010:

    Paterson – Gov; Gillibrand – Lt. Gov; Brodsky – Atty Gen; Souzzi/DiNapoli – Comptroller; Schumer – Senate; Cuomo – Senate. Manhattan-Brooklyn-Upstate-Westchester-Nassau. Male/female, white/black, catholic-jewish.

    Now the Republicans should get Bloomberg for Governor and Giuliani for US Senate (mmmm, Guiliani vs. Cuomo, man THAT would be fun!). That would be world-class politics!!!!

  12. the consultant on

    you are right about that….but mike bloomberg won’t
    run for governor he hates albany and it would interefere
    with his jetting away on the weekends..rudy on the otherhand would give patterson a run for his money

  13. Mark Green should be the appointment. It will guarantee a Republican victory in 2010. He is the best Democrat loser I’ve seen in my 28 years living in New York. (And the late WFB’s favorite “liberal.”)

    You ethnic rooters are all caught up in the wrong agenda. You want nothing for New York, which never had it better than when D’Amato and Moynihan were our senators.

    Consultant is correct.

    By the way: for $5. (the cost of coffee at Starbucks) can any of you tell me the campaign slogan of Jim Buckley, in his 1970 campaign for the US Senate? (I remember it vividly.)

    The correct response to follow later. First to answer correctly here wins the $5.

  14. Consultant stop distorting my views. You have the hangup on ethnicity. I believe it is irrelevant, you don’t.

    Tim be careful what you wish for. New York is a Democratic state where even a loser like Green has a better than average shot in a general election. See New Jersey which has the two worst Senators in the Senate both of whom who beat moderate well-liked Republicans.

    Cuomo isn’t liked by Schumer who is likely to at least have some input in the decision.

  15. the consultant on

    “then again the consultant seems to have a problem
    with many politicians who support Israel”.those
    are your words anon..not mine..I simply pointed
    out that engle would make two jewish senators
    and that a black or woman would be pattersons
    preference…every time you are on here you
    revert back to some reference to jews and israel
    just because elliot engel wouldn’t be pattersons
    choice in my view, has nothing to do with my
    personal pick for the spot..you continually
    mix up what I might do if I were in office with
    my analysis of what current office holders might
    do..your inability to make nuanced distinctions
    may be one big reason you lost

  16. Well, Tim I do remember,Jim Buckley’s brother’s campaign slogan: If Elected, I’ll ask for a Re-count.

  17. ed1: you are correct about Bill Buckley’s famous comment which he made during the 1965 NYC mayoral campaign, regarding the result should he have been elected mayor of New York.

    anon: you are a fun addition to this board. But: “consultant” is in fact a GREAT Jew, by tenents of Jewish law: he saved a life. For this alone, I admire him forever. Through thick and thin. (My lifelong best friend, an orthodox rabbi, studied both gomorrah and talmud; that is my source for accolade.)

    Answer to trivia question:

    Jim Buckley in 1970: “Isn’t it time WE had a Senator?”

    Divisive as it may seem today, it worked– that, and Agnew’s spirited thrashing of appointed Senator Charles Goodell, father of the NFL Commissioner.

  18. “Tim Hays
    December 2nd, 2008 at 1:34 pm
    ed1: you are correct about Bill Buckley’s famous comment which he made during the 1965 NYC mayoral campaign, regarding the result should he have been elected mayor of New York.”

    Darn, I missed the contest-I am supposed to stay off the computer for a while due to a shoulder injury, but I had to check in.

    I do have a bumper sticker from Bill’s campaign somewhere in my collection of books and papers. If it ever resurfaces Tim-it is yours.

    Better get back to my books.

  19. GOP Girl: I like your collection of political memorabilia.

    I was trying to stay off the computer email owing to my big mouth. But I shall now use a shoulder as excuse. ;>

    This racial, religious, and ethnic fratricide is fun to watch. Meanwhile, New York is burning, with the highest taxes of any state. And little back from the federal government.

    Schumer occupies what Moynihan described as “The Jewish Seat” when he helped Bess Myerson in her 1980 quest for the Senate, against Javits and D’Amato. (“Pleath, vote for Beth Myerthon!”)

    Mrs. Clinton occupies what may be best described as the “Irish Catholic, or WASP, or Italo-American” seat.

    Gov. Paterson is getting an ulcer as he decides whom to appoint.

  20. “Tim Hays
    December 3rd, 2008 at 11:55 am
    GOP Girl: I like your collection of political memorabilia.

    I was trying to stay off the computer email owing to my big mouth. But I shall now use a shoulder as excuse. ;>”

    Tim, I have a house filled with political clutter-a piece of the Berlin Wall, a painting by Priscilla Buckley, a framed/signed print from Reagan’s second inauguration…

    As to the shoulder…Oh, you don’t want to know about the shoulder-all I can say is that I have close to a thousand emails in the box and a lovely senior citizen who is telling me that medicare will pay for a walker for me (43 Y-O).