Caroline Kennedy got a taste of the New York press corps, as she is taking what amounts to a listening tour of Upstate New York.
Kennedy said for the first time that she would "absolutely" pursue the New York Senate seat when it comes open in 2010 -- even if Paterson doesn't appoint her, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
"Kennedy's 160-mile upstate listening tour made stops in Syracuse and Buffalo and included her first-ever trip to Rochester," the New York Daily News writes. "'I'll be back as many times as Chuck Schumer,' she said, referring to New York's senior senator. Along the way, Kennedy insisted 'it's not a campaign' even as she ticked off the reasons she's the best-qualified person to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat.
Think high drama in the Empire State is new? Fuggedaboutit. "Kennedy's maneuvering to win the Senate appointment has echoes of her uncle Robert F. Kennedy's 1964 New York Senate campaign -- and of Clinton's own Senate bid in 2000. In each case, RFK and Clinton, newcomers to the state and novices as candidates, blew their opposition out of the water."