Caroline Kennedy or Carolyn Maloney for Hillary’s Senate Seat?

Mon, December 22, 2008

Moms & Politics

The talking heads continue to hash it out over whether Caroline Kennedy, the little-girl-of Camelot-turned-Senate-hopeful, should get the nod to take over Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate Seat.

Many other names are being mentioned, but one that has gotten enthusiastic support from the National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority is New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

Recently, I had a chance to talk with Eleanor Smeal, the current president of the Feminist Majority and two-time president of NOW, about why Maloney is their choice, as well as what political women can expect from the soon-to-be Obama administration. The transcript and podcast are up today over at BlogHer, so I hope you’ll check it out.

It was a lot of fun to talk to Smeal and I think you’ll enjoy hearing what she has to say!

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6 Responses to “Caroline Kennedy or Carolyn Maloney for Hillary’s Senate Seat?”

  1. Ellen Says:

    I am a huge fan of Carolyn Maloney, have been for years. She is an amazing, intrepid, resourceful woman. I just found your blog, I’m also featured on The Ultimate Role Mommy Blogroll, and wanted to reach out. I put up a post today about two kids vs. three, and was hoping you could join the discussion over at

  2. Kelley Irish Says:

    To be honest I am more excited by President-elect Barack Obama choice of Arne Duncan as his education secretary. While the cabnet does seem to be a little heavy on the Chicago side, I think this is a great choice.

    This man has worked in urban educationa far cry from the pretty suburbs and managed to make some positive changes.Even though he has been a huge supporter of Charter School it is why he has done in the Charter schools that would benefit all Urban school districts.
    1. He has gotten rid of the top heavy administration. Charter schools are run by the Principals, teachers, and parents. In the public school I work for we have over 200 administrators that have zero contact with students. At 70,000 a year before insurance packages-it is a lot of money, to pay people whose only job seems to be to tell the teaching staff what to do.

    2. Discipline-he has held the teachers and schools accountable for safe environments. He has worked long and hard to get the gangs out of the schools-sure it may make the drop-out rates go up briefly-but shouldn’t the schools be safe? Keeping students with long criminal records and gangs in school may make the police department happy-but it makes education nearly impossible.

    3. He has been known to not just go in and fire teachers when the schools have failed but the administrators right along with them. He seems to understand that the teachers can only teach when there is leadership there that allows it to happen. All too often when schools fail-we blame the teacherseven after studies have shown that successfully teachers in the suburbs when moved to the inner-city have done far worse that the teachers they replaced.

    In order for children to be educated are few ingrediants are necessary
    1. A safe environment where students are not threatened by other students. Discipline
    2.Students must remain the entire school year(In many urban districts a child can routinely attend 4-5 school during one school year)
    3.Tutoring programs after school to help students with homework when there is no one at home to help.
    4. Access to health care and food. Kids that have teeth that are rotting and never seen a dentist and only eat at school can not concentrate.
    5. Mentors for students who do not have parents as educated role models-part of the wall street bail out shoud have been required time helping in a urban school.

    I am a long time supporter of both private and public education. I like the way the education Secretary to be stated it was all about respect.

  3. SUEB0B Says:

    Is anyone else kind of done with the Kennedys?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Kudos to Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg for caring enough to weigh in all the challenging issues facing her native New Yorkers and the nation at large.


  5. Tresor De Beaute Says:

    Are we talking about the same Caroline Kennedy that wholeheartedly supported our now President Elect Barack Obama instead of Hillary Clinton during the Primaries? Isn’t it a little cocky (and quite ironic) of her to now want to take her place at the senate? I got nothing against the woman but frankly my vote would go to anybody but her. This may be a shortsighted way to look at things, regardless of what can be said, politics at some point, becomes personal. Thank you Pundit Mom for introducing us to Maloney.

  6. Bill Says:

    To answer SueBob’s question: Yes.

    As for Ms Kennedy… I abhor dynastic politics. If she wants to be a Senator, let her run for a seat.

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