Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Caroline Kennedy Won't Make Financial Disclosure

This is not the way for Caroline Kennedy to endear herself to voters.
If she were applying to be, say, an undersecretary of education in Barack Obama's new administration, Caroline Kennedy would have to fill out a 63-item confidential questionnaire disclosing potentially embarrassing text messages and diary entries, the immigration status of her household staff, even copies of every résumé she used in the last 10 years.

If she were running for election to the Senate, Kennedy would have to file a 10-part, publicly available report disclosing her financial assets, credit card debts, mortgages, book deals and the sources of any payments greater than $5,000 in the last three years.

But Kennedy, who has asked Governor David Paterson to appoint her to succeed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton — and who helped oversee the vetting process for Obama's possible running mates — is declining to provide a variety of basic data, including companies she has a stake in and whether she has ever been charged with a crime.

Kennedy declined on Monday to reply to those and other questions posed by The New York Times about any potential ethical, legal and financial entanglements. Through a spokesman, she said she would not disclose that kind of information unless and until she becomes a senator.
If I were Governor Paterson, I would require anyone looking to be appointed to a Senate seat at least complete the 10 page, publicly available report for all Senate candidates, after all, Kennedy is a Senate candidate, she just won't be elected.

Given the vetting process that is inherent in any normal campaign, this is one that should be done.

This is a stupid mistake on her part.

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