Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of an American political dynasty, has decided to pursue the United States Senate seat being vacated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. The decision came after a series of deeply personal and political conversations, in which Ms. Kennedy, whom friends describe as unflashy but determined, wrestled with whether to give up what has been a lifetime of avoiding the spotlight.
So says the New York Times.
Kennedy is 51 and has never held public office. She is president of the JFK Library Foundation, and was a member of Barack Obama‘s vice-presidential search team.
Bloomberg notes that the New York senate seat is the same one held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, from 1964 until his death in 1968.
And there’s more: Another leading candidate for the job, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, is divorced from Kennedy’s cousin (and RFK’s daughter) Kerry Kennedy.