Monday, January 26, 2009

Report: Kennedys "furious" at Paterson for asking Caroline to "lie"

Uncle Ted and Caroline share a chuckle

I'm not surprised that Caroline Kennedy is ticked off at New York Governor David Paterson for (a) not picking her for a freebie Senate seat; and (b) fumbling the way her "withdrawal" was handled and tossing brickbats at her on the way out.

But the latest story from the New York Post's Fred Dicker, well known for his gnawing-at-your-ankles approach to reporting, would, if true, make the whole thing even more bizarre:

An "apoplectic" Kennedy family is seething over the rough treatment that heiress
apparent Caroline got from Gov. Paterson's office and is spoiling for revenge, several sources close to the clan have told The Post.

"The governor's going to pay for this," said a well-placed Democrat. "Ted is furious. The family is furious. The Kennedys are now against the governor."

Among Paterson's offenses was a request that Caroline lie about her unexpected withdrawal for "personal" reasons, according to NY magazine.

"You can't withdraw. You've got to stay in this thing, and I'll just not pick you," Paterson reportedly told her over the phone late Wednesday.

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