Caroline Kennedy Is A Politician
And that is not meant as a compliment. But she can change. First, she’ll have to talk to the press directly. In the meantime, answers to written questions were provided to the New York Times by her spokesman, Stefan Friedman.
Most of the answers were brief. Some of them did not fully address the questions. And together they cover only a small part of the broad array of issues, from the parochial to the profound, that any New York senator is expected to grapple with.
Even the question about how involved she was in answering these questions raises questions.
Asked if Ms. Kennedy had written the answers herself, her spokesman, Stefan Friedman, said: “These are Caroline’s positions. The responses were drafted by her and her staff.”
Here are some of the questions and responses:
Q. Does she support state or federal legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage?
A. Caroline supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
Q. Would she oppose legislation that would require minors to notify a parent before obtaining an abortion?
A. Caroline believes that young women facing unwanted pregnancies should have the advice of caring adults, but this should not be required by law.
Q. Does she support any state or federal restrictions on late-term abortions?
A. Caroline supports Roe v. Wade, which prohibits third-trimester abortions except when the life or health of the mother is at risk.
Q. Do you support amnesty for undocumented workers?
A. Caroline believes all undocumented workers should be required to legalize their presence in the United States and that we must create a way for them to do so. Undocumented workers should pay a fine, learn English and go to the back of the line behind those who came here legally.
There are many qualified candidates for Governor Paterson to appoint, some of whom, though, lack the Kennedy gene which, one would hope, is not a prerequisite. Carolyn Maloney comes to mind.Click here for reuse options!
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