The daughter of Camelot will request the appointment, says New York's governor

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 15, 2008 02:45 PM
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Caroline Kennedy, first daughter of the Camelot Era in American politics, will seek the U.S. Senate seat from New York about to be vacated by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gov. David Paterson confirms.

“She told me she was interested in the position,” Paterson said Monday. “It’s not a campaign. She’d like at some point to sit down.”

A community and political activist who was vocal in her support of Barack Obama’s candidacy this year, Kennedy, now 51, was only 3 when she moved into the White House with her family, in 1961. Her father, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963.

Should the senate appointment go through, Kennedy would be entering a political path that has long enticed much of her large family.

Her uncle, Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, is the nation’s longest-serving senator (since 1962), while another uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, served as U.S. Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968 – while he was running for president.

Besides Kennedy, another New Yorker to throw her hat into the ring for Clinton’s seat was former star of The Nanny, Fran Drescher. In a PEOPLE poll, 80 percent of the respondents preferred Kennedy to the actress.