|Caroline Kennedy is considering a run for Senate.|
Democrat voices doubts on Kennedy
WASHINGTON - A Democratic representative compared Caroline Kennedy to former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, saying the would-be senator hasn't proved she has the "guts and the gumption" to succeed Hillary Clinton.
Representative Gary Ackerman of New York said on CBS's "Face the Nation" yesterday that the Kennedy legend and connections won't be enough to make her a successful senator if Governor David Paterson appoints her to the US Senate.
"Everyone knows who she is, but I'm not sure what she is," Ackerman said. "Eventually she has to get in the ring, and face the public."
Kennedy visited upstate New York last week, but spent most of her time in private meetings. While some Democrats praised Kennedy's effort, others did not. "DNA in this business can take you just so far," Ackerman said.
Joel Klein, chancellor of New York City schools, defended her as a talented and committed person.
"In her own quiet but very effective way, she's going to be able to bring new ideas at a time this country needs them," Klein said. He said her work raising money for the public schools shows she is focused on people's needs.
Representative Peter King, a Long Island Republican preparing to run for the Senate in 2010, said Kennedy has "no experience, and as far as I know has never held a real job."
If Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state, Paterson will appoint someone to fill her Senate seat for two years.