I’m not sure why the contest to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate has come down to just two people, Caroline Kennedy and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. I think New York has a strong Democratic bench with a lot of other–and better–potential candidates.
We know that Rep. Peter King, the last Republican Congressman left on Long Island, will run for the seat in 2010. So, if it is going to come down to Cuomo and Kennedy, the choice is clear:
Cuomo would beat King, 48% to 29%, while Kennedy would barely edge him, 46% to 44%.
Governor Paterson has a responsibility to choose the candidate who can best represent the people of New York, and you can’t be a good representative if you lose re-election after just two years in office. I’m not a big fan of Cuomo or Kennedy–I’d much rather someone like Reps. Jerrold Nadler or Carolyn Maloney–but if it has to come down to those two, Cuomo gets my vote.
He also gets the votes of the people of New York–a recent poll shows Cuomo at 58% and Kennedy at 27%. Case closed.