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Clinton Successor Watch: RFK Jr.'s Facebook Group

BY Editors | Sunday, November 30 2008

With Hillary Clinton set to be nominated as Barack Obama's Secretary of State, New York Governor David Paterson has a tough decision to make - which New Yorker will sit in the U.S. Senate in Clinton's place for the next year, thereby getting a huge leg up as an incumbent until the next general election in 2010.

Names making Gov. Paterson's theoretical list include state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Reps. Nydia Velasquez, Brian Higgins, and Kirsten Gillibrand, and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. But only one potential nominee has a Facebook group lobbying the Governor - environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., whose father once held the seat.

Started by veteran New York City entrepreneur Michael Pinto - who describes the effort as "an informal grassroots thing" - the group has a simple message: "Please let New York State Governor David Paterson know that we'd like to see Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. take the place of Senator Clinton."

It also has exactly 11 members, at least as of Sunday afternoon.

Still, given the ethnic, gender and regional considerations Patterson must seek to balance in making the pick - all of them impacting his own reelection bid - I could see him settling on Kennedy as safe, well-known, Huffington Post blogging, compromise solution.