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article imageThe Next Senator From New York, Bill Clinton?

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 19, 2007 in Politics
Things that make you go hmmmm. I had a "Yikes" moment when this article caught my eye .... Yikes!
There is speculation that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, the next "junior" senator from New York could be her husband, Bill Clinton. Supporters are promoting that scenario in case the Senate seat she now holds, opens up if she moves to higher office. The govoner of New York, Eliot Spitzer -- a Democrat, would be the one who is responsible for appointing a replacement to fill the Senate seat for the remaining two years of Clinton's term.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Clintons' allies think that would be an excellent plan even though it sounds far fetched. "As a senator, he’d be a knockout," Harold Ickes, an adviser for Sen. Clinton and a White House aide to the former president, told the newspaper. "He knows issues, he loves public policy and he’s a good politician."
Other potential successors include Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — However, Ickes says that there is pressure on Mr. Spitzer to appoint a minority to the post.
"I think there’d be a real call on [Spitzer] to appoint a black senator," Ickes said. "I think there’d be a real call on him to appoint a Hispanic senator."
As one of the most popular presidents with black voters, he spoke Sunday to the annual meeting of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. He received a standing ovation. "I know how come I'm here --—I'm here because I'm a stand-in for Hillary," he said. Prophetic words? He spoke about health care, renewable energy technology and education, all issues that Senator Clinton has focused on during her campaign.
"He's one of those individuals that has a reputation as a liberator for minority communities," said Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who is black and is backing Sen. Clinton for president. "Bill Clinton had a reputation for delivering. He does have a tremendous effect that I've observed when it comes to minority communities."
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